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

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How is evil presented in Macbeth and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?
During the Shakespearean era, the genre of gothic literature had yet came to existence. Despite this, Macbeth, one of his most renowned plays, would be considered as gothic from a progressive point of view. This is because the play had included most of the classic gothic tropes such as supernatural beings and dark setting most of the time, very much similar to ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ (DJAMH) that has been written by Stevenson, but from an aspect that have already been exposed to this genre. However, their similarities and differences does not limit to only just their genre but also the way the authors divulged their reoccurring theme of evil.
Shakespeare represented and determined the theme of evil through the three witches during the very first act of the play. In the 16th century, witches were the embodiment of wickedness and blasphemous. Thus through having these supernatural being, foreshadows the other evil connotations within the play. As Shakespeare portrayed them as omniscient narrators, “when the battle’s lost, and won” it is evident that they knew how the story would unravel, yet they chose to make it happen- this is an evidence of evil deed. Furthermore this was one of the many display of powers they had throughout the play. This showcases evil as during the Shakespearean era, they would have regarded this as ‘black magic’ which defies against the ‘greater good’…

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