Essay about Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

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There Can Only Be One
In the book Jekyll and Hyde author Robert Louis Stevenson implies that every man is part good and part evil; however, he shows that there is only room for one. The constant switch between the good Dr. Jekyll and the evil Mr. Hyde ultimately leads to the downfall of both of them. Since Dr. Jekyll struggles to balance what is his authentic personality and what is just a front he eventually causes himself to go insane and kill himself. Stevenson also disproves the notion that people change depending on the judgement of fellows citizens, because even when Dr. Jekyll is alone, ostracized from the outside world, he still battles the good and evil inside himself. The judgements and pretences given upon both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde end up being irrelevant due to the fact that Dr. Jekyll’s biggest problem is not how others view him, but instead how he views himself.
There has always been a recurring notion, ingrained into the human mind that suggests individuals are always changing in response to what others will think. Stevenson quickly dismisses this idea through his descriptions on how Dr. Jekyll acts when he is alone, and isolated from society. The impression that Stevenson relays to his readers is that Dr. Jekyll’s biggest obstacle is not what other citizens will think of him, but instead what he thinks of himself. Stevenson exemplifies this when he says: “I looked down... I was once more Edward Hyde. A moment before I had been safe of all men 's respect,…

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