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Good Versus Evil: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Transcript of Good Versus Evil: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The battle is Within Jekyll and Hyde. It is an internal battle as Jekyll feels remorse for the acts he committed while he was Hyde. The reader sees that Jekyll has a sense of good when he is described as, "the first edge of my penitence wore off … a qualm came over me, a horrid nausea and the most deadly shuddering” (79).
Dr. Jekyll's curiosity takes over when he creates a drug that turns Jekyll into a complete alter ego of himself, which is Mr. Hyde. The relationship results to conflict within the two as Jekyll longs to stop the evil acts of Hyde.
What is the relationship between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
Jekyll only received an evil version of himself because it was his punishment for altering humanity and its ways. what Jekyll did was evil, so he received evil.
Why did Dr. Jekyll only get an evil version of himself?
Although Utterson’s appearance and surface view was considered to be evil, he was truly good man who had influences in the lives of others and fought against the evil. He is described as, “never lighted by a smile,” that he speaks very little, and also that he seems “lean, long, dusty, [and] dreary.” But contradicting to this, he is somehow described as "lovable" (2).
Is Mr. Utterson Good or Evil?
Where does the battle between good and evil play out? Who wins?
Good defeats evil in the end because Hyde is the one who dies, which shows the weakness and failure within Evil.
Discuss Jekyll's progression throughout the novel and his fall from grace.
Dr. Jekyll's errors compound and he eventually brings himself to his own downfall. As the novel progresses, we increasingly witness Jekyll's hypocritical behavior. The doctor's belief is that within each human being, there exists forces of good and evil, which leads to his experiments that try to separate the two. However as the story progresses it seems Jekyll's evil side over powers his will for good. Jekyll becomes an addict of his own power and loves the freedom Mr. Hyde gives him.
Through Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Stevenson is telling much more about society as a whole. Dr. Jekyll represents man's dependence upon sin. When Jekyll transforms into Hyde, terrible things happen, but he continues to do it. Similarly, man continues to commit the same mistakes and sins even though we know they are wrong. Stevenson understands all men are creatures of sin and always will be. Stevenson's ideas mean that we can never build an ideal society; as long as man is sinful, nothing completely pure can sustain itself.
Can mankind ever build an idea society? Can Mankind ever be Good?
Jekyll is in control of his actions as Hyde, but now that he is disguised he feels free to do whatever he wishes. Although it may look like he is in complete control of himself physically, he is never in complete control of his intentions and results of his drug, as it is described in the text, “neither had I, long as I had considered my position, made enough allowance for the complete moral insensibility and insensate readiness to evil, which were the leading characters of Edward Hyde. Yet it was by these that I was punished” (87). Even when he looks like Hyde, he always thinks of himself as Jekyll. He is never fully contempt.
Is absolute control possible? Can one choose when to be good or evil?
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