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

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

In the strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson makes the reader question the extent to which Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are in fact a single character. Until the end of the novel, the two personas seem nothing alike-the well-liked, respectable doctor and the hideous, depraved Hyde are almost opposite in type and personality. Stevenson uses this marked contrast to make his point: every human being contains opposite forces within him or her, an alter ego that hides behind one's polite facade. For us, the reader, to understand fully the characters of either Jekyll or Hyde, we must consider the two physical and mental
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He also has a positive presence of appearing to be a role model, idol or a saint in some way to lower class London.

Another good account is set down by Enfield saying that Dr Henry Jekyll is "the very pink of proprieties" this Victorian phrase is used to say that Dr Henry Jekyll is very much the best in what he does and that he has peaked at the top of his game, you could say he is to good to be true.

As the story goes on Dr Henry Jekyll becomes an addict of his own curiosity and inquisitiveness into science. A quote which proves this comment is

"In the beginning the difficulty had been to throw off the body of Jekyll, it had of late transferred itself to the other side, that I was slowly loosing hold of my original and better self and becoming slowly incorporated with my second and worse."

This quotation is saying that Dr Henry Jekyll was loosing control of him self and the ability to be two personas and was being possessed by his deformed, vile alter ego.

Stevenson uses Mr Hyde to show the opposite persona of Dr Jekyll. Hyde represents a violent, deformed monster of which evil is the drive of his actions these actions make Hyde so recognisable in the book. The dominance of Hyde at first is a dormant force within
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