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What view of human nature does Steven present in the novel, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?

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Coursework Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde What view of human nature does Steven present in the novel, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde? Good and bad. Pure and evil. Right and wrong. Joy and despair. These are all themes Robert Louis Stevenson addresses in his novel, "The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" Robert Louis Stevenson presents the view that no human has the capacity to be completely good or completely bad. Instead human nature is shown to exhibit both good and bad with dynamic results. Human nature encourages us to feel and experience a range of emotions. Happiness, sadness, love and hate are all natural feeling that helps to shape our personality. To help the elderly, to feed the poor, to shelter the homeless, to nurture a baby are all element of human nature and incorporated into the way humans interact within society. The basic human emotions that drive people are love and hate, within these two come other emotions, sympathy, forgivness, revenge and jealousy. Hyde's life revolves around the emotions within hate Hyde's actions are very evil. Hyde's first victim was an innocent child "He trampled calmly over the body and left her screaming" By making a child the first victim Stevenson emphasizes the moral awfulness from the beginning of the story. Hyde's life revolves around the emotions within hate. ...read more.

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During his rein of evil Henry Jekyll had no remorse for his actions, he was 'gloating on his crimes' later in the novel he had fallen upon his I believe it's the choices that an individual makes that make them do something or not. Utterson and Enfield believe or I should say feel that their time together is of very much importance, when they have their walks they haven't got time for people; it'd like they're own world and this world doesn't exist. They think that their walks are so important they " even resisted the calls of business" so they might enjoy themselves " uninterrupted". This reflects human nature well because people don't like to be interrupted when spending quality time with family, and friends or so called love ones, because they think their time are of great importance. As for all humans when they love someone they don't like anything to come between them. Also people like to have privacy because not all time they want people knowing or being inquisitive about their privacy. Because both men are always together and it seems nothing can come between, as humans like to assume, think or predict things so by people always seeing these two men certain days " even on Sunday" they assume or have something to say about one or both men, and pass remarks. ...read more.

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Ah said she, " he's in trouble! What has he done?" compared to human nature it's like a natural instinct when a person dislikes someone they don't really care about them, sometimes they dislike the person to the extent that they don't care what happens to the person, as the maid displays this in novel. Analysing these characters it shows human can have an effect on an individual because the doctor who seems to be jealous, envious or hates Dr Jekyll, by him changing his mood others around him could look at him as a selfish individual which he may no be, the police officer may have seemed like an evil person because he showed expressions of joy on hearing about the death of sir Danves Carew, the others could believe that he had committed, the crime because of his action. The maid/servant because the police officers thought she looked evil the moment they saw her " She had an evil face smoothed by hyprocisy;" this shows a persons appearance can be deceiving, although she looked evil and seemed to be a bad person because she was delighted that Mr Hyde's in trouble that doesn't mean she is. Stevenson held a strong view on good and conduct and believed that everyone is capable of evil. He also believed that evil is just as much part of the respectable Dr Jekyll. At the time when this book was published in 1885, the story/novel was successful, people found the fact extremely shocking. 1 Glenroy Annikie 11C Ms Vincent Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Coursework ...read more.

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