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The Duality of Human Nature

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Chloe Rodriguez

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Transcript of The Duality of Human Nature

Thesis
Throughout Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the theme of duality of human nature is shown through the interactions of Mr. Hyde and the people he meets as well as the acts of violence he performs and the way he uses Dr. Jekyll as his escape from facing the consequences.
First Encounter
" All at once, I saw two figures: a man who was stumping along eastward and a little girl running as fast as she could across the street. They ran into each other and the man trampled calmly over the child's body and left her screaming on the ground."...
" No man but wishes to avoid a scene," says he. " Name your figure." says he. "Well we screwed him up to a hundred pounds for the child's family."
Third Encounter
" She became aware of an aged beautiful gentleman with white hair, drawing near along the lane; and advancing to meet him, another and very small gentleman, to whom at first he paid less attention. They had come within speech and the older man bowed....," And then all of a sudden he broke out in a great flame of anger, stamping with his foot, brandishing the cane and carrying on like a mad man.
Fourth Encounter
" That is just what I was about to venture to propose the doctor said. But the words were hardly uttered, before the smile was struck out of his face and succeeded by an expression of such object terror and despair, as froze the very blood of the gentleman below. They saw it but for a glimpse for the window was instantly thrust down."
Fifth Encounter
" Have you got it," he cried, "Have you got it." And so lively was his impatience that he took my arm and shook me."
Modern Duality
The duality of human nature still exists in modern times and is shown through their actions and outside forces in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Today most people choose to be a majority good or bad. For example, the duality of human nature can be shown through how a person acts around their friends at school and how they act around their family at home. A person could be either mean or nice at school and act the opposite at home. This exemplifies how a person can be good or bad based on their surroundings and conscience. Like in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde every action has a consequence and how you choose to act decides whether those consequences are good or bad.
Second Encounter
" How did you know me?" he asked. "On your side," said Mr. Utterson. "Will you do me a favour?" "With pleasure, " replied the other. "What shall it be?" " Will you let me see your face?" asked the lawyer. Mr. Hyde appeared to hesitate, and then, as if upon some sudden reflection, fronted about with an air of defiance; and the pair stared at each other pretty fixedly for a few seconds.
The Duality of Human Nature
Mr. Hyde goes from trampling the girl to paying for her injuries.
This shows the duality of Hyde as he goes from a cruel, uncaring man to paying for the medical bills of the girl.
Utterson and Hyde were acting civil at first, the fact that Utterson said that he was told about him by Dr. Jekyll infuriated him.
Mr. Hyde knew that Utterson was lying so he could investigate him more which is why he became cold and bitter during the end of the conversation.
The duality present is the fact that Mr. Hyde was describe as an " aged beautiful man" and then all of a sudden he begins to violently murder Carew who was casually walking by.
Jekyll goes from being at the prospect of talking with old friends to shutting the window abruptly and Hyde making an appearance.
Hyde becomes almost desperate to attain the potion from Lanyon and jumps to get it.
Transformation
The Carew Murder Case
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