Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Thomas Billet                                                               Monday 23 of December 2008


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The horror novella The Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was written in the Victorian era by the  author Robert Louis Stevenson and was first published in 1886. The main plot of the book is about the dual nature of human kind, the inner conflict between good and evil. It is the story about a doctor feeling he is always fighting within himself between what is good and what is evil. He wants to separate these two sides to enjoy life better with ough   worrying about what is good or bad or the victorian mores. After drinking a potion of his own creation, Jekyll is transformed into the cruel, remorseless, evil Edward Hyde, representing the hidden and dark side of Dr. Jekyll's nature.  As time goes by,  Jekyll becomes prisonner of this satanic and cynical Hyde, unable to impose his real personality and finished by ending his life for the good of humanity. He leaves a written confession where he narates his tragique story. In this essay, I will analyse Robert’s Louis Stevenson’s presentation of Edward Hyde in The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and what this character represents.

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We can not compare Hyde to a typical gothic monster because we can not omit the fact that Hyde is human. This creates an association between Hyde and the reader that we do not have with other stereotypical monster which we distance ourselves from. We can not distance our selves from Hyde and this makes him scarier; we can not say: “he is not like us, so he is a monster”. This makes Hyde seem dangerous because we automatically imagine that Hyde might be some where in the world, walking in the ...

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