S Disappointing Life In The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

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Henry Jekyll’s Disappointing Life

Self fulfillment is the attribution of one's vast hopes and dreams. One could argue that humans can never be fully fulfilled as we are such ambitious creatures with vast hopes and dreams. In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, author Robert Stevenson tells the harrowing tale of Dr. Henry Jekyll’s search for freedom to express his dual nature. During the 1800’s in London reputation was the key to success, this was one of the many obstacles facing Dr. Jekyll. The story demonstrates Jekyll’s struggle against society and himself as he searches for a way to unleash his evil. Dr. Jekyll’s quest for self-fulfilment is never complete, although he achieves his goal of unleashing his inner evil, Jekyll
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Society burdened the elite lawyers and doctors to maintain a clean reputation. Reputation was key to being successful, people like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Utterson were not to partake in gossip and were to maintain a proper composure at all times. When Enfield recalled his chilling encounter with Mr. Hyde, Utterson was quick to step back, not wanting to gossip of other peoples buisness, “[gossip] it's like starting a stone. You sit quietly on the top of a hill; and away the stone goes, starting others.” Here, Mr. Utterson is comparing his outstanding reputation to a stone on the top of a hill, If he gets careless and is found to be involved in the midst of a dark tale, he will trigger his own downfall. This responsibility put great strain on Dr Jekyll, he longed for freedom to release the evil and careless character he contained within, “If each (good and evil), I told myself, could be housed in separate identities..” then life would be bearable and frankly perfect for Jekyll. Dr. Jekyll’s craving to release the “bestial” and “ape-like” part of himself that he was forced to conceal is what drew him to risk everything with such a wicked and frowned upon …show more content…
Jekyll's situation worsened gradually as he drove himself insane. He lost control of his transformations, as he struggled with his moral problem, was he truly Jekyll, or Hyde? Jekyll was forced to isolate himself from society to conceal his darkest secret. At this point there is no doubt that Jekyll isn’t fulfilled, he becomes more accepting of his true nature, as he skulks around as Hyde, hiding to avoid arrest. After Hyde manages to mix one last potion so that he can write his confession that he had reached the “last of the old powders.” Having no way to restore the good he once possessed, Jekyll sees no other solution than for Hyde to take his own life. He writes, “I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end.” Stevenson uses the word unhappy, which proves that Jekyll was disappointed in his life, and therefore unfulfilled. Henry Jekyll departed his life without achieving what he dreamed of, the freedom to express his dual nature but not to harm those around

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