The Nature of Good and Evil and the Dual Nature of Man's Personality

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Discuss Stevenson's portrayal of the nature of good and evil and the dual nature of man's personality. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a novel about a man named Henry Jekyll who has a split personality. Dr Jekyll takes a potion to turn himself into his double, Mr Hyde. Dr Jekyll is a caring person. Mr Hyde is evil. It is when Jekyll's lawyer, Mr Utterson, looks at Dr Jekyll's will that his suspicions arise. He becomes suspicious because in Dr Jekyll's will everything Dr Jekyll owns is left to Mr Hyde when Dr Jekyll disappears. Utterson wants to know what the relationship between Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is, and becomes determined to see Mr Hyde. When a murder takes place, Utterson has a suspicion that it might have something to do…show more content…
Henry Jekyll forge for a murderer!" Mr Utterson is shocked at what kind of a person Dr Jekyll has become, because Mr Utterson thinks Dr Jekyll has forged a letter to protect a murderer. When people meet or see Mr Hyde they are shocked by his appearance. His appearance is said to be evil: "He is not easy to describe. There is something wrong with his appearance, something downright detestable, I never saw a man I so disliked, and yet I scarce know why. He must be deformed somewhere; he gives a strong feeling of deformity, although I couldn't specify the point. He's an extraordinary - looking man, and yet I really can name nothing of the way." The quote conveys that one can't understand why Hyde is described until he is seen. Dr Jekyll goes pale at the thought of Mr Hyde: "The large handsome face of Dr Jekyll grew pale to the very lips, and there came a blackness about his eyes, I do not care to hear more." This shows that Dr Jekyll doesn't like to hear about evil Mr Hyde, which suggests the two are opposites. A blackness about his eyes is mentioned, the word blackness seems to imply evil. Mr Hyde is described like an animal: "And the next moment, with ape - like fury, he was trampling his victim under foot, and hailing down a storm of blows, under which the bones were audibly shattered and the body jumped on the roadway." This contrasts to Dr Jekyll's composure. Hyde is

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