Stevenson's Use of the Concept of Duality in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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Stevenson's Use of the Concept of Duality in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' was written during the 19th century by Robert Louis Stevenson. It was written during a time where Victorian society had a lot of strong moral values. These values were very strict and controlled every aspect of the Victorian lifestyle. Aggression and fighting was looked down on and arguments were much preferred to be settled verbally. Hostile behaviour could even be seen as a sin and could transform the image of a person. The upper class society had a high status and stuck to these moral values in fear of losing their dignity. They didn't seen to cause any sins and looked down on and accused lower classed…show more content…
We are immediately aware of his high moral standards. 'He is austere with himself' therefore he disallows himself to indulge or enjoy himself, 'though he enjoyed the theatre, he had not crossed the door of one for twenty years.' Utterson seems to be the ideal Victorian man. However we know that in previous years he has allowed his darker interior side of him to show. When thinking about his past he is 'humbled to dust by the many ill things he has done.' From the first chapter we can also interpret the different sides to one family. Along with Utterson, we are introduced to Mr Richard Enfield, who is a distant relation to Utterson. Enfield is described as, 'a well-known man about town,' which suggests he is less than respectable. Utterson is attracted to the dark side of Enfield as he 'envied the high pressure of spirits involved in their misdeeds.' This again underlines the hidden aspects of Utterson's nature and the contrast between him and his kinsman Enfield. Another event where Stevenson uses duality is between one's appearance and personality. Later on in the book Utterson goes to meet Hyde and is instead greeted by his maid. She is described as having an 'evil face, smoothed by hypocrisy.' However her manners are
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