Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde Essay

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According to Sigmund Freud, “being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” In the 2003 Norton Critical Edition novel, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll expresses his deep desires another way other than through himself. Henry Jekyll creates an alter ego named Mr. Hyde. Jekyll is a doctor and a scientist. The characters, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde embody the characteristics of the structural theory of mind and can be related to Freudians theory of the id and ego. Mr. Hyde’s violent and impulsive behavior resemble the id meanwhile Dr. Jekyll’s rational and conscious perspectives resemble the ego.
Dr. Jekyll is a well-liked doctor and a scientist. He is respected friend of both Lanyon, a fellow physician, and Utterson, a lawyer. In the chapter “Dr. Jekyll was quite at ease,” Mr. Utterson describes him as “a large, well-made, smooth faced man of fifty, with something of a slyish cast perhaps, but every mark of capacity and kindness—you could see by his looks that he cherished for Mr. Utterson a sincere and warm affection” (Stevenson 19). Jekyll is a liked person by his peers in his community. Although he is a man of respect, he carries a deep secret within him and eventually the secret comes out in a suicide note left by Jekyll. The note reveals that he ever since he was a child he had deep, dark desires and he wanted to enact on them from a different person. He creates Mr. Hyde who will for see these actions. Jekyll becomes…

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