Similarities Between Frankenstein And Mr Hyde
THESIS: Curiosity leads to the downfall of a person. Exploration is acting upon one’s curiosity.
These two themes are very prominent in the two texts; Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The themes have many strong ties in both texts, with the characters and ties the overall plots of the stories.
Jekyll has created a potion which turns him into what we learn is Mr. Hyde. Jekyll originally did not intend to drink the potion but his curiosity and temptation consumed him. In Frankenstein, after an intense and thorough education, Victor (Frankenstein) wonders if he can create life. Victor was very curious and he did not stop to think about the repercussions of creating life. “Learn from me, if not …show more content…
However, these projects both have great risks and neither of the protagonists consider the repercussions of them. Their curiosities allow them to put at risk their own well being.
Mr. Utterson is an imaginative man but is not one to believe in the supernatural. Mr. Utterson decides he will further look into the mystery which is Mr. Hyde. “It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it; and it may be doubted if, from that day forth, Utterson desired the society of his surviving friend with the same eagerness”(6.13) Utterson’s imagination opens up as he begins to inquire into Dr. Jekyll’s persona. The monster in Frankenstein is seen as Victor’s 'evil' counterpart. Victor sees in the monster what he does not like in himself and this may be why he neglects and completely shuts the monster out of his life after creating him. The monster is seen by society as an enemy or as an evil being so it is always assumed to be evil. Because of this, the monster must always be elusive and it has no opportunity to be good. Because of his lack of nurturing, the monster is left hated in a world which gives him no option but to be …show more content…
Jekyll has a lot of evil emotions inside him but he does not release them when he is Jekyll. He is curious as to what it would feel like to release those emotions, however. Jekyll is liked by everyone he knows but he has no way to express his negative emotions. Hyde becomes Jekyll’s outlet to those emotions.
After finally building up the courage to talk to the De Lacey family, the monster is able to tell his wishes to the blind De Lacey father. However, De Lacey’s children are threatened by the monster’s presence and shun him out of a chance at fitting in. This rejection is what finally pushes the monster to committing murders, as he panics and has no escape. BALANCED SENTENCE: All the monster wanted was someone to love, to care for and to spend the rest of his life with.
COUNTER ARGUMENT: A counter argument, however, is when the monster wants a mate. The monster would leave Victor alone if he created a mate for him. Victor agrees, but in the process of making a second monster, his curiosity diminishes. He thought of the consequences and the distress that creating the first monster gave