Good And Evil In Dr Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

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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
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By describing Hyde as someone who has decreased development gives the impression of a mentally challenged being, often resorting to violence in order to lash out whereas marking his ‘primitiveness’ shows an ancient desire for violence and evil implanted within each human being. Jekyll states that he advanced in ‘one direction only’, ‘the moral side’ becoming a doctor and helping the civilians of London whereas Hyde, the assumed immoral side, is shown to commit crimes and bring terror to those who witness him. Violence is the easiest tool to display evil as it usually affects innocent characters such as the young girl at the forefront of the novel, showing the physical impact he has on

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