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

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You Are Never Safe Anywhere you look, you are staring into the eyes of evil. You might not see evil staring back, but it’s there, trapped behind a wall of morality. It is always scheming, preparing to burst out of its confinement. It may find a hole for some time, but it can never win; good will triumph in the end. Bram Stoker and Robert Louis Stevenson, the authors of Dracula and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde respectively have this view of the world. These novels illustrate that good and evil are constantly vying for control both in our lives and in the environment around us. Firstly, the works differ in how their main conflict between good and evil is structured. In Dracula, the aggression takes the form of person-vs.-person interaction, while, in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, most of the conflict is internal. Early in Dracula, once Jonathan Harker feels threatened by the Count, he requests to leave the castle early. The Count appears to comply, leading Jonathan to the door while exercising his ever formal, unnerving diction. Jonathan then opens the door, but realizes that he has been duped when he sees that the Count’s army of ravenous wolves prevent his exit. He later writes, “I knew then that to struggle at the moment against the Count was useless” (Stoker 3). Most of the novel follows this format: the evil Count finds a well-meaning human to prey on and then said human struggles against the Count for a short period of time, eventually resigning to…

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