• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Using the novel 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde be R.L Stevenson as your basis, discuss the nature of good and evil and the quality of a persons nature.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Using the novel 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde be R.L Stevenson as your basis, discuss the nature of good and evil and the quality of a persons nature. The novel 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' was published in 1886 by R.L Stevenson, set around the Gothic era, yet this dark psychological fantasy is more than a moral tale. It is also a product of time, drawing on contempary theories of class, evolution and criminality, and the secret lives behind Victorian propriety, to create a unique form of urban Gothic. This novel was written around the time when people were becoming aware of Jack the Ripper; who like Hyde killed prostitutes. It was also written at the time when Darwin's theory of evolution was introduced. Robert Louis Stevenson tries to show the reader that people do have a good and evil side even though they may not show it publicly. ...read more.

Middle

The novel is a similar storyline to those of Dracula and Frankenstein because like 'The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' they also give the idea of dual personalities. The main characters in the story apart from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are; Mr Utterson, '...the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse backward in sentiment: lean, long, dusty, dreary, and yet somehow loveable...' this is the description that the novel gives us. Utterson is Henry Jekyll's lawyer, he wasn't very happy with the fact that Jekyll left all his belongings to the black-hearted Mr Hyde in his will. He thought that Mr Hyde was bribing him. The other main character is Dr Lanyon who is also a reputable doctor and was great friends with Dr Jekyll until Jekyll started to disarrange his body and looks. ...read more.

Conclusion

this quote was taken from the chapter 'The Carew Murder Case'. The novel is also shown to the reader by other narrators; Dr Jekyll's full statement of the case and Dr Lanyon's Narrative, both showing different sides of the story, however none of these narratives give an eye-witness account of Mr Hyde's wrongful actions. My conclusion to this case is that every person does have a good and evil side and many people choose to only show one of these sides unlike Dr Jekyll. He shows his dual personality in this novel but it gets beyond his control and he cannot then choose whether he wants to show his evil or good side. In today's society scientists and doctors mess around with human nature no knowing the long term effects of these medications and maybe the effects of these drugs are deformities and may also be fatal, but should we try and change what we've been given? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Robert Louis Stevenson section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Robert Louis Stevenson essays

  1. Analyse how R.L Stevenson explores the issue of the Duality of Human Nature in ...

    ask you to help him for my sake when I am no longer here...well...I promise". In this quote Utterson has agreed to Jekyll's terms due to the fact that he respects him and the decisions that he makes. Again, Stevenson has made it obvious that the characters of Jekyll and

  2. How does R. L. Stevenson create horror and suspense in the novel 'Dr Jekyll ...

    In the second chapter entitled 'Search for Mr Hyde,' the title builds up a sense of anticipation in the reader because it is like a mystery investigation - searching for something or someone that could be lost or on the run.

  1. Jekyll and Hyde Essay; How does R. L. Stevenson convey the dual nature of ...

    as he first seemed as the starting descriptions says, 'a well-made, smooth faced man of fifty' showing that he is good man and has a respectable character as well. However, the ending of the quote show a complete and utter contradiction as it says ' with something of a slyish

  2. Choose an extract from R.L. Stevensons The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr ...

    Secondly it makes the reader feel slightly confused, which adds to the atmosphere of mystery. The atmosphere is also very evil at times. This is shown clearly in chapter 4 through Hyde and his violence. The quote "And then all of a sudden he broke out in a great flame

  1. Discuss Stevensons portrayal of the nature of good and evil and the dual nature ...

    The stark contrast between dark and light is almost ignored in this quote, as the blackness of the night and the brightness of the lamps merge seamlessly into one another, thus representing Enfield's confusion. This confusion is epitomised by the quote: "I got into the state of mind when a

  2. Examine the Representation of Good and Evil, and the dual nature of humans, in ...

    ready to take in any information that doesn't suit their own ideas. It could also mean that the scientific world would rather die than accept the supernatural as being real. Mr Utterson is a hugely important character in the book.

  1. 'What method does R.L. Stevenson use to increase suspense in, 'The strange case of ...

    In this story he holds the significant role of being the narrator and it is with him we follow the events as they unfold and share the discoveries and misconceptions that he is led to believe. Stevenson's eagerness to sustain the mystery and suspense for as long as possible is

  2. "With Close reference to the text discover the nature of good and evil and ...

    There were strict codes of conduct in those days. Respectable men sleeping around, having many mistresses, lurking in back allies, trampling children in dingy parts of town, this was unheard of at the time. It doesn't mean to say that it didn't go on, in fact it was more common than it is now.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work