Essay on Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

1623 Words Mar 31st, 2015 7 Pages
Things are often hidden for a reason. In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll spends quite a bit of time hiding an evil Mr. Hyde from respectable Mr. Utterson, a close friend. However, Utterson refuses to give up the search for the relation between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson’s story, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is a dark, timeless tale that links good and evil while pushing the restraints of Victorian society.
Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 13, 1850. He was the only son of his parents. As a child, he was bed ridden due to chronic health problems. He had a nurse, Allison Cunningham, who took care of him. She would read him books such as Pilgrim’s Progress and The Old Testament which greatly influenced his life. In 1867, he attended Edinburgh University. Expected to follow the footsteps of his father, who was a civil engineer, he attended the university as a science student. Although he was a science student, he studied French literature, Scottish history, and the works of Darwin and Spencer in his free time. When he spoke to his father about wanting to pursue writing and not science, his father became upset. To work this problem out, they came up with a compromise: Stevenson would have to study for the bar exam so that if dream of pursuing literature failed, he would have a career to go back on (Poetry Foundation).
In 1873, around fall time, Stevenson became ill from nervous exhaustion and a severe chest condition. Because…

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