Dr Jekyll And Hyde In The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

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Every human being consists of qualities that form to either their good or bad side. No one is purely good or evil. To try to fit in society, people are willing to do whatever it takes to hide any characteristics that might fall short of the social norm. In Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the characters demonstrate how every human being consists of both qualities and how people suppress the qualities that are undesired by society in order to fit in. However, after a while people can no longer stand to hide part of who they are which leads people to substance use to take away their conscience in order to show their dark side.
Stevenson uses Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to show the two sides to every
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People would rather be miserable and pretend to be someone else, than risk judged for who they really are. In the novella, Stevenson uses Dr. Jekyll’s experiment to show how far people are willing to go to be freed from judgment of society. Dr. Jekyll conducted an experiment that split his personality into two people, the good and evil side of him. Dr. Jekyll knew he was risking his life before he started but he thought it would be worth it to get to be the other side of him for once. “I hesitated long before I put this theory to the test of practice. I knew well that I risked death.” (57) Dr. Jekyll was willing to risk everything to experience his other side. When Dr. Jekyll drank his chemical solution, he transformed into Mr. Hyde. Mr. Hyde was completely free to be evil without his conscience telling him it was wrong. No one really knew who Mr. Hyde was so he had no reason to fear judgment from others. He was completely free to act as himself. This relates to the real world in that people use drugs and alcohol to transform into their dark side. When using drugs or drinking alcohol, your body loses all control over your consciousness. The substances are more powerful and led people to do things they would normally not even think they are capable of and might regret when experiencing withdrawal of the
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