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Why did R. L. Stevenson write Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde? Jekyll and Hyde is a strange but interesting story relating

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Why did R. L. Stevenson write Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde? Jekyll and Hyde is a strange but interesting story relating to the study of the human mind, good verses evil and Victorian moral pressure. Robert Louis Stevenson was a large believer in religion; he also studied science, as his Father believed he would have something to fall back upon if his writing career failed. Therefore he saw things from a religious point of view and a scientific point of view. This echoed his belief that there was a good and bad side to every person, which in the story he experiments to separate the two. In Robert Stevenson's era, appearance meant a great deal. The middle-class was to appear as well dressed and respectful people, where as there was another side to society, which was not as respectful. Many middle-class men attended brothels in back alleys but this part of their lives was kept private. ...read more.

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Hyde is described as an aggressive, ill-mannered, dull-looking man, where as Jekyll is described as some sort of a well dressed, respectable person, with an image like this in ones head it shows a side of good verses evil, and it makes it seem almost hypocritical. This story is also a way for Stevenson to have a go at hypocroisy and those people are two faced. There is a case of the human mind, "But it is more then ten years since Henry Jekyll became to fanciful for me. He began to go wrong, wrong in the mind; and though, of course, I continue to take an interest in him for old sake as they say, I see and I have seen devilish little of the man." The word "devilish" also makes you think about good verses evil. There is also when Mr Utterson quotes "They have only differed on some point of science." ...read more.

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At one point in the story, there is also a balance between good and evil, "And at that very moment of that vainglorious thought, a qualm came over me, a horrid nausea and the most deadly shuddering. These past away, and left me faint; and then in it's turn the faintness subsided, I began to be aware of a change in the temper of my thoughts, a greater boldness, a contempt of danger, a solution of the danger of bonds of obligation." All of this evidence therefore proves that "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" was written about R. L. Stevenson's beliefs, imagination, knowledge, judgement and experience. This also proves that Stevenson also used the themes of good verses evil, Victorian moral pressure and the study of the human mind. I believe these to be the reasons why the book was written and that there is little or no connection with sexuality unlike what others think. ...read more.

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