Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde Essay

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The duality of man is the concept in which a person is twofold, and he or she cannot be good without also possessing an ability to be evil. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde offers a perfect example of duality between its two characters Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The names Jekyll and Hyde have become synonymous with modern-day borderline personality disorder, or a person with dual personalities, which is closely interrelated with this concept. This is commonly termed “Jekyll and Hyde” personality (Engel 2). The reason this has become a common saying is because these characters are close foils to one another, one possessing morals and the other being amoral. Stevenson depicts this dualism in personality by having Dr. Henry Jekyll, who is all too aware of his own duality, create a concoction that enables him to separate the evil within himself from the good that was once holding it back, giving rise to Mr. Edward Hyde. Dr. Jekyll believes that by creating a personality with two completely separate personas he can receive the immoral pleasure that he craves in one form without apology or guilt in his other. However, this proves untrue as his evil counterpart progressively becomes more powerful than he. Dr. Jekyll ultimately decides to kill Hyde, and himself in the process, so that Hyde will be unable to commit the acts that Dr. Jekyll has found he cannot let continue with good conscious. As Irving S. Saposnik states in his article “The Anatomy of…

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