Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde Essay

1299 Words Nov 29th, 2015 6 Pages
This passage is taken from Jekyll’s statement of the case, explaining the process behind the act of splitting himself into two separate identities and therefore answering any questions a reader may have. Rose states that ‘evil is embodied in the villain’ , throughout the passage, Stevenson uses split personalities to give depth to the villain and to show where the true evil lies. An original reader would be shocked at the violence and aggression that is weaved throughout the novel, therefore would want a solid conclusion and confession. Stevenson gives this through the voice of Dr Jekyll, giving an explanation of how Mr Hyde came to be and how he was ultimately destroyed. He also uses science in addition to circumstance to create the villainous aspect of the character- often blaming science for its failure.
This novel is an embodiment of the Good vs. Evil line of thought. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde personifies the two sides of human nature, the ‘primitive duality of men’. The use of ‘primitive’ leads the reader to believe that good and evil are vital biological aspects that has been present since the early beginnings of man, much like Freud’s theory of sexuality as an ‘instinct’, an ‘analogy of the instinct of nutrition’ . Both Stevenson and Freud try to portray the aspects of human nature that are usually hidden away in public as instincts that are born with us and have done so for hundreds of years. During the passage, Jekyll states that he looked toward researching the…

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