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

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One Person, Two Personalities
In Robert Lewis Stevenson 's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the dual nature of human mentality is symbolized by the maliciousness of Mr. Hyde and the good will of Dr. Jekyll. The two characters illustrate the battle, which rages within the individual. Hyde represents the battle between the intellectual and rational self and the irrational and animalistic self. This theme constantly appears throughout the novel in different forms.
Robert Lewis Stevenson had a very normal upbringing even though he had a very abnormal personality. At 16, his father published Stevenson’s first work, The Pentland Rising. Stevenson then attended Edinburgh University, where he denounced his Presbyterian upbringing and declared himself agnostic. He gained reputation for outrageous behavior and even earned the name “velvet jacket” for his unconventional dress. Later on he wrote other literary works, such as An Inland Voyage, published in 1878, and Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes, published in 1879. These works were based on travels that he enjoyed throughout his life. The publication of Stevenson’s Treasure Island brought him worldwide public acclimation.
When Stevenson began to write his novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the idea for the novel “sprang from a dream he had about a man transforming into a monster after drinking a potion made from white powder.” He completed the first draft in three days, but it was not well received…

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