How Stevenson Uses the Gothic Novel to Explore the Nature of Good and Evil in The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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How Stevenson Uses the Gothic Novel to Explore the Nature of Good and Evil in The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

This essay will be tackling the issue of good and evil, and its usage and theories throughout the novel, "The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". The story is based around Mr. Utterson, a long time, and dear friend of Dr. Jekyll. He searches for the truth and the connection between Jekyll and Hyde, ending with the realization that they are actually the same person. The story centres on the idea that there is a struggle between persons good and evil side, and that the triumph of one of these characteristics, merely depends on which of the two is nurtured most. There is also the
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He said he was coming home in the early hours of the morning to witness a shocking incident. A young girl gets 'trampled' to the floor by a 'beast' like man. "For the man trampled calmly over the child's body and left her screaming on the ground." This shows that Hyde didn't care that he hurt a child. Also, the phrase "trampled calmly" is an oxymoron, creating a particular effect of evil. On the other hand, Dr Jekyll comes across as a gentle and caring character, especially being a scientist aiming to help mankind, before his selfish interests took over, "What! Henry Jekyll forge for a murderer!". He lends the impression of good into the novel.

Dr Jekyll lives in an expensive street in London, it has shop fronts that are bright and attractive. It is decorous, affluent and reputable. A particular contrast is highlighted between the appearances of Jekyll and Hyde's homes. The respectable Jekyll's house displays a sharp dissimilarity to the squalid conditions that Hyde lives in. The Hyde residence in Gaunt Street is bleak and neglected, compared to the impeccable and wealthy, commercial structure of Dr. Jekyll's house. The dark places in Jekyll's house represent his dark and evil desires. This is also symbolized as street doors and windows, as they are veiled to society. Jekyll's house is outwardly clean, but it contains morbid desires. The closed door symbolizes a door that is

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