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

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

What view of human nature does Stevenson present in the novel, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is written with the purpose of showing the author Robert Louis Stevenson's theory that everybody has a good and bad side. Stevenson views people as being capable of evil, and that "evil is just as much a part of human nature as good is". His upbringing would have influenced his theory, Stevenson would have been familiar with the story of Deacon Brodie during his childhood. Which coincidentally has a similar storyline of that of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is because Deacon Brodie also has a split personality just like Dr Jekyll, his evil side Mr. Hyde was created by Dr Jekyll's most darkest and evil side. Hyde is described as an "ape-like creature" that appears to not care about people surrounding him. ...read more.

Middle

But also when the wine was at his taste, something eminently human beaconed from his eye as though he wanted to let his evil side out. Utterson was known to have enjoyed his own company mainly because he wanted to avoid any kind of scandal; the well respected lawyer also enjoyed the theatre although he had never been in one for about 20 years. Mr. Enfield however, was the well known man around Soham. There was an obvious difference between the two men, as it was hard to see what they saw in each other. Cleverly the two men relate to the story in the way in which they represent the two personalities of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mr. Utterson relating to Mr. Hyde and Enfield being Dr Jekyll. Dr Henry Jekyll's statement of the Carew murder begins with him talking about his reputation, this gives the impression that he is suggesting that he has reputation and that he is a well respected doctor. ...read more.

Conclusion

The area around Mr. Hyde's house is described as a dingy street with children huddled in the doorways but inside his house is very different the house is described as nicely furnished and with good taste. But the house look ransacked as though someone had been there recently, so this could imply that Mr. Hyde was there not long before the detectives arrived, their is also evidence that he had been looking for something "clothes lay about the floor, with their pockets inside out; lock fast drawers stood open" this also shows that Mr. Hyde was panicking and was in a hurry to get away. I think the strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde shows Stevenson's theory of everybody having a good and bad side which is shown clearly in the story. I myself do agree with Stevenson's theory and the Freudian theory has influenced this even more, I found the Freudian theory useful in my understanding of Jekyll and Hyde. ?? ?? ?? ?? Anthony Duggan 11HB ...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. How does Stevenson Present Good and Evil in "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll ...

    Hyde is the inner self that we all fear. Alternatively, it can be interpreted as Dr Jekyll being the mask which hides Mr Hyde from society. Either way it is seen, the story is about the duality of man, where we all have a dark, wicked side within us, which we hide away, and pretend does not exist.

  2. How does Stevenson present the conflict between good and evil in Dr Jekyll and ...

    This was very advanced as nobody had yet begun to develop these ideas, until 1901 when Freud published a thesis on the unconscious mind. It is clear in the story that Jekyll quickly grows to hate his creation, but is unable to give it up.

  1. How Stevenson uses his techniques as a writer to present character and atmosphere in ...

    Considering Victorians received the novel in instalments they would have had time to figure it out or maybe read it over a couple of times to figure it out. I think I would be able to figure out that Hyde is Jekyll and Jekyll is Hyde by the time I reached the last chapter.

  2. The Strange case of dr. jekyll and mr. hyde - letter

    Hyde who apparently addressed Hyde with perfect politeness. It was witnessed by a maidservant who described Sir Danvers Carew as 'an aged and beautiful gentleman' whom she did not recognise and who seemed to have 'an innocent and old-world kindness of disposition'.

  1. How does Stevenson Explore the Divided Nature of Human personality and Victorian Society in ...

    In this case evil is trapped behind locked doors. Some doors were opened to no one. This was not uncommon in Victorian society. These were things associated with recluses. The reason why I use this is that Jekyll was locked in his cabinet for a very long time. This is a symbolism of Dr Jekyll's soul trying to suppress something evil from coming out which is Hyde.

  2. What view of human nature does Stevenson present in the novel, The Strange Case ...

    'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' was written in the 19th Century, when Gothic Literature was at it's best. This novel includes some of the main themes of a Gothic novel such as the supernatural; horror; terror; mystery and secrecy.

  1. How Far Is The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde(TM) A Study ...

    The word juggernaut derives from a story in India where there was an annual festival, in this festival chariots rode through town and some times the chariots have slipped out of control, resulting in injury to some people with the stampedes caused, the chariots were called Juggernauts, this lead to

  2. What view of human nature does Stevenson present in the Novel The Strange Case ...

    It also tells the reader that Hyde has no remorse in killing someone Stevenson also presents his views of human nature through the themes of the novel and the atmosphere. Throughout the novel there is a mysterious atmosphere which allows Jekyll, in the disguise of Hyde, to lurk around Soho.

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