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"With Close reference to the text discover the nature of good and evil and duality of a person's nature in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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21/03/04 Nicole Saunders The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde "With Close reference to the text discover the nature of good and evil and duality of a person's nature in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" Dictionary definition of Duality: Being twofold. The theory that in any domain of reality there are two independent under laying principles, e.g. mind and matter, form and content. The theory, that the forces of good and evil are equally balanced in the universe. We are first introduced to Mr Hyde in a story told by Mr Enfield to Mr Utterson, a lawyer. Mr Enfield tells a strange story connected with a door that is in a bright little street in a dingy part of London. The door belongs to a sombre Building at one end of this street. Very early one morning Mr Enfield had passed this place. He saw a strange man, who we later find out to be Mr Hyde, collide with a young girl and knock her over. Instead of stopping he trampled on her and kept going. Mr Enfield had stopped him and the child's parents arrived with the doctor. The people present decided to force the man to pay compensation to the child's parents; he agreed and went through the grimy door to the sombre building. ...read more.

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On the other hand there were the Dr Jekylls of Victorian society: the reputable gentlemen and women, the new scientific, medical and mechanical discoveries, a reputation of greatness. Great Britain gave itself this name because of the vastness of our empire during these times, and because of the fantastic reputation that went before the empire the Hyde side of society flourished underground Stevenson was also pointing out a fact of life that is within everybody, even if we don't realise it, we all do things that we regret afterwards and there are two sides to everyone. We all have a split personality in a sense, we have two wavelengths: right and wrong. There is a Mr Hyde in all of us: Anger, Frustration, Murderous thoughts, the animal instincts that still live within us today, even though we have evolved so much, fighting and pride, the feeling of wanting to protect are all instinctive that every animal has, so when Stevenson used animalistic imagery to describe Hyde he was making another thought known. Morals, education, helping and unselfishness are the Jekyll side of us. The side of us that we have learnt from good society and moral upbringings with strict codes that were laid down to represent the respectable London of those days. ...read more.

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But as time goes on Hyde becomes more and more evil because of the murder and Jekyll begins to remember things, terrible things he had done as Edward Hyde, but he cannot stop the addiction. The problem comes when he starts running out of chemicals to make his potion he is driven completely mad and hates himself and Hyde and in the very end to protect the name of Dr Henry Jekyll he says in his final confession: "Will Hyde die upon the scaffold? Or will he find the courage to find himself at the last moment? God knows; I am careless: this is my true hour of death, and what is to follow concerns another than myself. Here as I lay down the pen, and proceed to seal up my confession, I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end". In conclusion, this last statement says the most about what Stevenson was trying to imply: Jekyll was the good and respectable London, but he wasn't happy because it was all a front, which is exactly how Victorian society worked, it had an ugly malformed under layer but at least it was the truth. If Stevenson had been open about what he was implying about Victorian society, his book might never had been published. Instead he wrote his view through characters and recreated what he believed to be the truth about Victorian society. ...read more.

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