The Duality Of Robert Louis Stevenson 's Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

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In this essay, I am going to analyse the concept of duality in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

The meaning of duality is the quality or condition of having two sides to something, such as good and evil, love and hate and black and white. The novella ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ Centre’s around ‘duality’. The author R.L.S (Robert Louis Stevenson) introduces us to the two sides of a person, Dr. Jekyll, an “established gentleman”, with “the respect of the wise and good” in society. Whilst Dr. Jekyll lives a virtuous life, he also has sins and desires that he keeps hidden. Within him, the good and the evil sides of his personality are fighting. The author uses the language of battle, writing that there is “war” inside of Dr. Jekyll and illustrates the struggle between the two sides as “two forces meeting on a battlefield”. Dr. Jekyll feels that he is leading a double life and believes that this duality can be found in all humans: “man is not truly one, but truly two”.

The character Mr. Utterson is an additional example of duality. He is described as ‘dusty and dreary’, whilst also being ‘lovable and friendly’; again, we are shown two different sides to one person.

In the novella even property is talked about as being two sided. On one side of the street, the properties are described in a positive manner, “freshly- painted shutters” and “well polished brasses”, demonstrating how the residents took pride in maintaining their property.…

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