Stevenson’s Portrayal of Good an Evil and the Dual Nature of Men in Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde

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Stevenson’s Portrayal of Good an Evil and the Dual Nature of Men in Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the novel Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in the late1800. This novel portrays the idea of a dual nature in man; it shows this as good and evil. Stevenson was fascinated with the duality in man and how in public there were outstanding gentlemen with high status but in reality liked to indulge in the pleasures but their status stopped them. ====================================================================== He had two main influences for the novel one was his Nurse. As a child Stevenson was very ill and spent most of his time in bed, during this time his Nurse would tell him stories…show more content…
The first chapter starts with two main characters talking a walk, when they see a door it is described as “bore in every feature the marks of prolonged and sordid negligence”. This door stuck out from the rest of the street since all the other buildings have been well kept, this is the first sign of duality in the book. The door makes Mr Enfield remember a past event when he met Mr Hyde. He watches as Hyde tramples on a little girl; he is described as a “juggernaut”. Stevenson makes a little girl the first victim of Hyde because children represent innocence, and only someone evil would do something like that. Enfield describes him as giving “a strong feeling of deformity” yet he is not easily described. In the second chapter Utterson finally encounters Hyde his “hissing intake of breath” strengthens the beast like impression you receive from him, Utterson attempts to explain why he was filled with such a loathing at the sight of him . Stevenson wants us to know that Hyde is akin to the devil and evil. Also it as if descent people instinctively know that there is something wrong with him; however they can’t seem to say what it is so they call it a deformity. Again we encounter the theme of duality, in the fourth chapter, this is very similar to the chapter in which Hyde tramples on the little girl. There is a lot of duality in this chapter as the maid

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