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Addiction in Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde

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Alex Porter-Castro

on 29 May 2015

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Transcript of Addiction in Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde

The intriguing story of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde follows the mysterious and dangerous actions of a very secluded individual by the name of Mr.Hyde. In the story, we learn that Mr.Hyde is actually the "evil" side of a very prestigious and respected scientist named Dr.Jekyll. Throughout the novella, we learn that Dr.Jekyll has created a potion to transform the evil side of him into an actual person. Eventually, the transformation starts to take over Dr.Jekyll and he portrays very strong signs of addiction to this potion.
Quote #2
" Now that the evil influence had been withdrawn, a new life began for Dr.Jekyll. He came out of his seclusion, renewed relations with his friends, became once more their familiar guest and entertainer" (pg 34)
Quote #3
" I felt younger, lighter, happier in body: within I was conscious of a heady recklessness, a current of disordered sensual images running like a millrace in my fancy, a solution of the bonds of obligation, an unknown but not an innocent freedom of the soul. I knew myself, at the first breath of this new life, to be more wicked, tenfold more wicked, sold a slave to my original evil; and the thought, in that moment, braced and delighted me like wine." (pg 67)

"...it is not as bad as that; and just to put your good heart at rest, I will tell you one thing: the moment I choose, I can be rid of Mr.Hyde" (pg 20)
By Alexandra Porter-Castro
Addiction in Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde
Here we see Dr.Jekyll being feverish to complete and take the potion
Quote #1
Throughout the course of addiction, there are many stages that someone can go through. In this quote, Dr.Jekyll assures Mr. Utterson (a good friend of his) that he can rid himself of Dr.Hyde whenever he wants to. This is a common defense mechanism used by addicts called denial. Jekyll spends his time trying to convince others that he and Hyde are two different entities when in reality, they are slowly crashing into one evil man.
This quote is referring to the obvious difference in Dr.Jekyll once Mr.Hyde had disappeared. Once the drug use is ceased, Dr.Jekyll becomes a much happier person. A common effect of addiction is the antisocial behavior that one may express. Dr.Jekyll starts to take the drug again and his behavior immediately changes to that of a very secluded and scared off person. He locks himself up in his lab and never lets anyone see him.
The quote was taken from an excerpt where Dr.Jekyll explains the sensations he felt when he drank the potion. At first, he took the potion for science, but it slowly progressed to a stage of abuse. He starts to enjoy the effects of his drug and begins to abuse it even more. Jekyll notices that it is starting to takonger for Hyde to wear off as he recovers from the drug. But he enjoys being someone else so much that his abuse only worsens
Quote #4
"Since then I had been obliged on more than one occasion to double, and once, with infinite risk of death, to treble the amount" (pg 73)

This quote essentially refers to the fact that Dr.Jekyll is not only addicted to the drug, but he's also addicted to the transformation. The amount of the drug that he is taking has built up a tolerance and the quote shows Jekyll admitting that he knows the abuse of the drug could kill him.
Here we see the intricate design of Dr.Jekyll's laboratory and how obsessed he was with making this potion
This photo depicts the stages of Dr.Jekyll's transformations and how much he changes
Dr.Jekyll's story about his transformations clearly depict the struggles he went through and the severity of his addiction. Not only was he addicted to the actual substance, but he was also an addict to the freedom that he got when he changed into Mr.Hyde. The reason he searched for the potion in the first place was because he believed that he could make a breakthrough in the science world. His intentions at the beginning were good, and he believed he could stop whenever he wanted to, but when it came down to it, he realized that he couldn't do it which led to his denial. Dr.Jekyll's addiction came from the dark side of his persona. It was always inside of him but it took the potion to truly bring it out. He was more addicted to the freedom that came with the potion than the actual potion. The doctor surrounded his lifestyle around it until it became everything he knew and wanted.
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