The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Good and bad. Pure and evil. Right and wrong. Joy and despair. These are all themes Robert Louis Stevenson addresses in his novel, “The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” Robert Louis Stevenson presents the view that no human has the capacity to be completely good or completely bad. Instead human nature is shown to exhibit both good and bad with dynamic results. Human nature encourages us to feel and experience a range of emotions. Happiness, sadness, love and hate are all natural feeling that helps to shape our personality. To help the elderly, to feed the poor, to shelter the homeless, to nurture a baby are all elements of human nature and…show more content…
Within this novel Stevenson shows that love and hate are closely interlocked this is a common aspect of human nature. E.g. Love hate relationship. Human nature is a very complex process; it consists of many different dimensions including frustration and boredom. This can lead to the desire to explore, and experiment. Human nature encourages people to push the boundaries of conformity like going into space or landing on the moon. Stevenson shows how an innocent curiosity about our darker side of our nature can get out of hand. Jekyll is a very different character to Hyde, everyone likes him, he is well known about town and he is well looked upon. He is kind, and when socialising with friends he is very well liked. just like his friend “ Richard Enfield… the well known man about town”Jekyell is very respectable gentleman with a reputation to maintain, however in the disguise of Hyde, he can lurk around the town after dark, strolls the red light district and fulfilling his desires without any risk to his reputation. In Jekyll and Hyde Stevenson illustrate the two sides of human nature within one person. Jekyll represents the acceptable elements of human nature the well mannered, distinguished doctor who meets the demands of a prudish society. Jekyll lives a double life, one of success and the other of shame. Jekyll is imprisoned by the moral demands of Victorian society. Human nature can be very complex and the desire to do good
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