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

1817 Words Oct 30th, 2014 8 Pages
Ever heard of the term “Jekyll-and-Hyde”? Jekyll-and-Hyde is a term referring to having conflicting personalities or having both distinct good and bad personalities in one person. The central theme for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the idea of duality. Duality can be defined as the state of being in two or in two parts, and in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the two parts are good and evil, Dr. Jekyll representing good, and Mr. Hyde representing evil. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are perfect examples of duality. Throughout the novel, Jekyll is in a constant struggle to control his evil side and maintain the good of human nature, while Hyde is constantly struggling to take control over Jekyll and create the bad of human nature. (Grant). Henry Jekyll is a very respected and important doctor, who has a passion for learning about human nature. Jekyll is without a doubt the good in the story, but is also forced to live a double life. Jekyll himself, a respected doctor, representing his first life, and Hyde, a self-serving fiend, representing the second. (Hurd). “There was never a day when, if you said to me, ‘Jekyll, my life, my honor, my reason, depend on you.’ I would not have sacrificed my left hand to help you” (Stevenson 51). This passage shows the loyalty and trust of Dr. Jekyll to his friend, Lanyon. He basically says he would do anything and everything for him, if he just asks. He will give his life, to save his. Although Jekyll’s reputation is…

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