Human Beings And The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde Essay

1764 Words Nov 1st, 2016 8 Pages
Robert Lewis Stevenson discusses the dual nature of human beings in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He is trying to show the two sides: evil and good, that every person has, and how they try to overcome their evil side. Jekyll wants an opportunity to reveal his evil side without disrupting his respectable image, so he creates Hyde. He is able to explore new avenues in science, which conventional scientists, such as Lanyon cannot even imagine. I argue that human beings do have a dual nature; people are concerned about their reputation rather than being themselves. Utterson, Richfield, and Lanyon are able to control their evil side so that society respects them. They pretend to be what they are not. Jekyll has more pressure to be good because of his status in society. He also has a more fondness for evil desires and wants to act on them rather than control them. He knows the society will never allow accept him if he shows his true colors; so he creates Hyde People want the society to accept them, and they will try to act so they fit in; that is exactly what Gabriel Utterson does. He acts as if he is above most people and honorable but in reality, he is just like any normal human, who is afraid of being himself in front of others. This is shown by his love for wine and how he suppresses it by drinking gin because he feels he might say or do something that is not appropriate. He likes theater but has not seen it in a long time; this again shows how worried…

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