The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

1285 Words Nov 13th, 2015 6 Pages
ole Shevory
Dillon
F block English
11/13/2015
Desire in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Robert Stevenson’s novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde follows the plight of Dr. Jekyll, giving insight to human desires that are typically repressed within a civilized society. People strive to fit into the society around them. In doing this they often suppress some aspects of their desires. After giving into desire once, the need for it may increase, and control may slowly decrease. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde explores the multi-faceted dimensions of the human psyche. There is a constant battle raging within every person between morality and desire. Very often the more one attempts to suppress natural urges the stronger and more profound they become.
Each man has their own desires that they wish to fulfill and all men hope that they have a way to explore those desires without any repercussions. There is no better example of this than the devolution of Dr. Jekyll throughout the book. Originally before Jekyll creates the potion that separates the good and evil parts of his psyche, he is an upstanding pillar of his community. Jekyll desires to better himself and to do so he makes a potion that may separate the evil in him from the good and thus Hyde is born. Jekyll also sees Hyde as an opportunity to be able to live out all of his desires and pleasures without consequences to himself. In his letter to Utterson Jekyll explains this, “Men have…
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