The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde By Robert Stevenson Essay

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A Literature Review: Analysis of conflicts between temptation and conscience in human nature The well-known story titled The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde written by Robert Stevenson (2003), can be interpreted in many different ways as evidenced by several critics contrasting themes. Garrett provides a strong focus on the conflicting identities of good and evil living within a man whereas Brantlinger’s focus is to reveal the inspiration behind Stevenson’s ‘Allegory’ and connect it to similar works of its time period. Linehan takes a different approach by comparing sexuality of man to the underlying evil of human nature. In comparison, Wright uses the popular theme of conflicting identities and brings light to the relationship with the theory of addiction. While all authors connect the overall meaning of the story back to the dual nature of man, Wright provides a unique perspective in which focuses on conflicting forces of temptation and control in human nature. The essay “Instabilities of Meaning, Morality, and Narration” written by Garrett (1988) argues that the story of Jekyll and Hyde consists of a battle between good and evil and the strain of dual personality of man. He also suggests that Stevenson’s use of pronouns such as ‘I’ and ‘he’ allow for the characters to drift into an omniscient voice in which the characters of Jekyll and Hyde can be merged together. Garrett uses the example of Hyde’s letter to Dr. Lanyon in which Hyde is able to emulate Jekyll’s
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