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The Nature of Good and Evil in Stevenson's The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the story of a gifted doctor who discovers a
drug which can release the evil side of one's nature. This drug
changes Dr Jekyll into Mr Hyde. Stevenson does not reveal the details
of Jekyll's story until the end of the novel, but presents the tale as
mystery, in which the main characters try to figure out the identity
of Mr Hyde and understand his strange relationship with Dr Jekyll.
This story follows the gothic genre and below I will explain some
gothic features that are used in this story
This story follows 'The Faust Motif'. This is
The use of a monster (Mr Hyde) Due to the fact that he looks abnormal,
disabled and is ugly people feel uncomfortable around him and scared
to stand anywhere near him.
Another feature would be that Dr Jekyll has a second self or in other
words an alternate identity being Mr Hyde.
This book uses multiple narratives. This is when the story is told
through many different perspectives so that the reader can make up his
own mind about what the story is actually about. This story we first
hear through the perspective of Mr Utterson and Mr Enfield as they try
to discover the relationship between Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Then as
the story progresses we hear Mr Hyde's story and towards the end we
hear Dr Jekyll' story.
I think that Stevenson was trying to show that good and evil cannot be
changed or intervened with using the aid of science. He gets his point
across when we find out how Dr Jekyll ends up suffering and leading to
his own downfall by trying to get rid of hi...
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...t they have seen,
experienced and had evidence of rather than talking about what they
In this essay I have gone through the main points of the story. From
the beginning where Mr Hyde tramples the young girl and Mr Utterson
and Mr Enfield decide to track Mr Hyde.
Then I carried on by going onto how the doors of houses and other
places can symbolise what is behind them and what type of person uses
After that I analysed Mr Hyde in depth and discussed his actions.
Including when he trampled the young girl and paid her family money to
avoid any sort of trouble. Then he brutally murdered Sir Danvers
Carew, even though from the maids perspective it seemed as if they
Then I commented on the use of multiple narratives and the
relationship between the narrators.
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