The Complexity Of Evil In Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

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“Then he took her to his kingdom, where he was received with great joy, and there they lived long and happily” (Grimm 96). The concept of a happy ending is portrayed in many of the most famous stories around the world to demonstrate the power of good over evil. Alternatively, the novel Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, suggests that good is not always the superior force. Throughout the story, a man named Henry Jekyll discovers two sides to himself, one good and one evil, from which he can transform back and forth. The prominence of evil is also seen in many tragedies and events that occur throughout the world. One case of evil in everyday life can be seen in the three-day attack of a 17-year-old autistic boy from Manchester, …show more content…
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the supremacy of evil is clearly shown through both the absence of a purely good side of Dr. Jekyll and his involuntary transformations into Hyde. As Jekyll discusses the effects of taking the potion, he explains, “Hence, although I now had two characters as well as two appearances, one was wholly evil, and the other was still the old Henry Jekyll, that incongruous compound of whose reformation and improvement I had already learned to despair” (Stevenson 69). The split of Jekyll into a normal side and a completely evil side illustrates that while a person can be fully evil, it is not possible for him or her to be unconditionally good. Thus, the evil in Hyde is much stronger than the good in Jekyll, which eventually leads to Hyde’s dominance. Therefore, the sovereignty of the evil force justifies the argument that the influence of good is much weaker than that of evil. Similarly, the dominance of evil can be seen when Jekyll uncontrollably begins to transform into Hyde. He recalls, “At the sight that met my eyes, my blood was changed into something exquisitely thin and icy. Yes, I had gone to bed Henry Jekyll, I had awakened Edward Hyde” (Stevenson 72). The fact that Jekyll can change into Hyde without the potion, but Hyde cannot involuntarily change into Jekyll, shows that his evil side is stronger than his good side. The superior power of evil allows Hyde to emerge from within and take over Jekyll. As Hyde continues to grow stronger, the evil …show more content…
After the incident, the victim’s aunt explains her nephew’s changed personality. She dictates, “Now he has nightmares and he does not trust people. He is scared of everything really and now this lot are free to walk the streets” (Narain). It is easy to see that acts of violence, including the teenager’s attack, leave huge impacts on people. The victim may never return to the way he was before the attack, because he will be so afraid of the terrible actions people could take against him. Fear is one of the most powerful forces that can affect a person, and it is most often inflicted through evil actions. The strength of emotions caused by an act of kindness is nowhere near as strong as the fear inflicted by evil, demonstrating evil’s dominance. The true influence of evil is similarly shown by the justification behind it. After committing the terrible assault to the 17-year-old, “The gang told police they carried out the attacks ‘for no reason’ because they were ‘bored’” (Narain). The boredom of the attackers led them to commit a horrible act, showing that at their natural state, humans are the embodiment of evil. It takes a huge amount of willpower to suppress the evil within oneself, which explains why humans rarely carry out acts of kindness when they’re bored. Therefore, it is evident that, in humans, evil will prevail over good. If left to take

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