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

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Prose study coursework The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde What view of human nature does Stevenson present in the novel "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde"? In "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde", Stevenson presents many aspects of human nature. Human nature is what we are all like instinctively. For example we may hate someone just because of the way they look. This is human nature because we instinctively hate the person and we do not know why, we just feel hate inside, this is just one example of human nature. Many aspects of human nature are presented throughout the novel. Stevenson shows how the minor characters demonstrate emotion in different situations. At the beginning of the novel Mr Hyde bumps into a girl who is running down the street, he tramples her and leaves her screaming. ...read more.

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Utterson identifies Carew's body and when Utterson tells the officer that it is Carew's body, the officer becomes ambitious. The police officer thinks that he may get promoted if he helps to solve such a serious case. The officer does not care that an important MP has been murdered; he just focuses on getting promoted. Therefore ambition can be an undesirable part of human nature, but in other situations ambition can be a good thing, for example if you are ambitious you may work hard to make a difference. Stevenson shows that people can be ambitious in situations like this, they do not care about what has happened or about bringing a culprit to justice, they just focus on promotion because they are very ambitious. ...read more.

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Dr Jekyll is a kind, honest and friendly man who has not broken the law and has certainly never killed anybody, yet Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are the same person. Dr Jekyll is more in touch with his good side because he is mostly a kind and honest gentleman, but he has a hidden evil side: Mr Hyde, whom he cannot control. Stevenson shows that there is a good and an evil side to all people, some people are more in touch with their good side, some with their evil side. He shows we all have a good and an evil side because we are all capable of doing both good and evil. At times in our lives we can be evil and then change to being good and friendly. In this novel Stevenson shows how we can be good and evil and that we all possess both sides, a brighter pleasant good side and a darker, lower evil side. ...read more.

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