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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.

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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.

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