Inspiration and writing[ edit ] Robert Louis Stevenson Stevenson had long been intrigued by the idea of how human personalities can affect how to incorporate the interplay of good and evil into a story.
Table of Contents Dr. Hyde One might question the extent to which Dr. 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: Correspondingly, to understand fully the significance of either Jekyll or Hyde, we must ultimately consider the two as constituting one single character.
Indeed, taken alone, neither is a very interesting personality; it is the nature of their interrelationship that gives the novel its power. Despite the seeming diametric opposition between Dr. Hyde, their relationship in fact involves a complicated dynamic.
While it is true that Jekyll largely appears as moral and decent, engaging in charity work and enjoying a reputation as a courteous and genial man, he in fact never fully embodies virtue in the way that Hyde embodies evil.
Although Jekyll undertakes his experiments with the intent of purifying his good side from his bad and vice versa, he ends up separating the bad alone, while leaving his former self, his Jekyll-self, as mixed as before. Jekyll succeeds in liberating his darker side, freeing it from the bonds of conscience, yet as Jekyll he never liberates himself from this darkness.
Jekyll's partial success in his endeavors warrants much analysis. Jekyll himself ascribes his lopsided results to his state of mind when first taking the potion.
He says that he was motivated by dark urges such as ambition and pride when he first drank the liquid and that these allowed for the emergence of Hyde. He seems to imply that, had he entered the experiment with pure motives, an angelic being would have emerged. However, one must consider the subsequent events in the novel before acquitting Jekyll of any blame.
Indeed, by the very end of the novel, Jekyll himself no longer exists and only Hyde remains. Hyde seems to possess a force more powerful than Jekyll originally believed. It is as if Hyde, but no comparable virtuous essence, was lying in wait. This dominance of Hyde—first as a latent force within Jekyll, then as a tyrannical external force subverting Jekyll—holds various implications for our understanding of human nature.
Moreover, the novel suggests that once those bonds are broken, it becomes impossible to reestablish them; the genie cannot be put back into the bottle, and eventually Hyde will permanently replace Jekyll—as he finally does.
Even in Victorian England—which considered itself the height of Western civilization—Stevenson suggests that the dark, instinctual side of man remains strong enough to devour anyone who, like Jekyll, proves foolish enough to unleash it.Good vs.
evil is basically the novel’s biggest theme. More specifically, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is easily viewed as an allegory about the good and evil that exist in all men, and about our struggle with these two sides of the human personality.
In this book, then, the battle between good and evil. Dr. Lanyon discovers the connection between Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
Hyde; he grows ill and dies. Before his death, he leaves John Utterson a letter detailing the connection between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Unabridged version of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, offered here for chump change, from the Master Storyteller Robert Louis Stevenson..
His first draft was burned to ash, the final published version created at the request of his wife. The result is a complex, tingling tale . Directed by Victor Fleming. With Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Donald Crisp.
Dr. Jekyll allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde. In this harrowing tale of good and evil, the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that unleashes his secret, inner persona—the loathsome, twisted Mr.
Hyde. Get A Copy Kindle Store/5. I love a good story of a mad scientist. It is told from the third person perspective of Dr. Jekyll's close friend Mr. Utterson. It's funny to me how long it took for him to put the idea together, though having heard of this story long before I read it, I imagine the thought of .