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

1917 Words Dec 18th, 2015 8 Pages
The theme of dualism is one that permeates throughout literature, media, and beyond. For example, it is widely believed that there is a duality to human nature: good and evil, and these two contrasting principles exist in everyone. One of the most prominent examples of this doubleness in the literary world is the novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, about the two opposite personalities that exist within Dr. Henry Jekyll; the story’s impact is so great that the phrase “Jekyll and Hyde” has entered the English lexicon as meaning “a person marked by dual personality, one aspect of which is good and the other bad” (Dictionary.com). However, there is another story that, although it may not be the foremost motif, still features the theme prominently: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. There are a number of instances of polarity in the novel, highlighting the dual nature of humans, which extends to Dr. Victor Frankenstein, the monster he created, and concepts beyond in the Romantic story. The main character of the novel, Victor Frankenstein, displays the dual nature of his character. Although he is by no means a hero, Victor cannot exactly be called a villain, either. But he does have aspects of these character archetypes within him: creating and destroying. He wishes to discover the secret of life, be able to harness it and bestow life upon flesh—essentially, he is playing God. And, like a hero, he does seem, at first, to have a noble reason for…

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