Dr. Jeklly And Mr. Hyde Essay

918 words - 4 pages

Readings in Humanities
28 January 2012
The Stranger Within
Ever wondered why a close friend or relative behaves a certain way around one person and then seemingly transforms into a whole new person when surrounded by other people? The belief that everyone has multiple personalities is one that is very common and can be seen amongst almost all in society. In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde written by Robert Louis Stevenson, the idea of dual personalities is taken beyond the normal circumstances, as the main character frequently morphs into an entire new persona. This new persona commits violent acts and often finds himself in a great deal of trouble. Although, in reality, ...view middle of the document...

By simply putting a costume on, Tony instantly becomes a superhero with lightning quick speed. This newfound personality liberates Tony from his normal, everyday life and in return makes his life that much more exhilarating. Similarly, in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde the main character, Dr. Jekyll (who is a respected doctor throughout the town), begins complaining that he is tired of a life of study and normalcy. Therefore, he begins drinking a self-concocted potion that turns him into Mr. Hyde, his alter-ego. In both cases, Tony and Dr. Jekyll come to the conclusion that in order to break away from the familiarity of their daily lives, another side of themselves must be freed.
When trying to decide whether or not having another personality is beneficial, one must look at the effects it has not only on that specific person, but others as well. Using the same two case studies, the effects both of these characters’ other halves have are on opposite sides of the spectrum. For instance, by altering his personality into that of The Flash, Tony only enhances the quality of his life. In other words, doing so truly makes him happier. When looking at how his decision affects the other children at the camp there are still no negatives to be found. All of Tony’s peers are amused by The Flash and his crazy antics (Daddy Day Care). However, when looking at the same two facets from the point of view of Dr. Jekyll, the same cannot be said. By turning into Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll is damaging himself both physically and mentally. Dr. Jekyll goes through with the transformation much too frequently...

Other Papers Like Dr. Jeklly and Mr. Hyde

The Nature of Man: Lord of the Flies, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the Mist

3105 words - 13 pages of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the protagonist, an English gentleman in the 1800s named Henry Jekyll, attempts to keep his dark half, Edward Hyde, under control and then eventually tries to prevent himself from becoming Hyde permanently. Realizing the duality of man early on in his research and professional experience in his life as a medical doctor, Dr. Jekyll struggles with the clashing human

Victor Frankenstein and His “Monster; ” an Inspiration to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

1702 words - 7 pages Victor Frankenstein and his “Monster;” an inspiration to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde When reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, if one pays attention to the gaps and inconsistencies of Victor Frankenstein’s narration of the events, one may begin to question the existence of Frankenstein’s monster, and come to realize Victor Frankenstein is really the monster. This isn’t how most would interpret the events that transpired in the book, but the

Who Cared More

1570 words - 7 pages Who Cared More? The Difference Between Friendship and Love in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Mary Reilly Everyone has a different way of trying to help someone they care about. It all depends on whether the person in trouble is a friend, a relative, a love interest, or even a stranger. In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mr. Utterson was a close acquaintance of Dr. Jekyll, while in Mary Reilly, Mary was Dr

Discuss Stevenson’s portrayal of the dual nature of man’s personality

1033 words - 5 pages Discuss Stevenson’s portrayal of the dual nature of man’s personality in the novel: Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel “The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” was deeply influenced by a number of diverse factors. Stevenson came from a family with a history of lawyers, doctors and other similar professions. His nanny was a very devoted Christian and from a young age used to teach him wrong from right. The novel

Is Doctor Jekyll A Tragic Hero?

725 words - 3 pages Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: is Jekyll a tragic hero? Dr. Jekyll is certainly one of the most complex and layered characters in the novel, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson. His character can be interpreted in many ways. In order to describe Jekyll as a tragic hero, one first must decide what a tragic hero is. A tragic hero is someone who was born into wealth or nobility. Also the character must be someone of great respect

Reading Classics

2154 words - 9 pages . Elizabeth realized that she had been wrong to judge Darcy prematurely and to allow her judgment to be affected by her vanity. Both couples marry, Elizabeth and Darcy and Jane and Bingley. Conflicts: * Mrs Bennet’s desperate attempt to find suitable husbands to her daughters * Darcy trying to win Elizabths love Title: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Author: Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13

A Modern Day Jekyll and Gray

2302 words - 10 pages , American Psycho is much more keen and even eager to explore the desires of not just the average human, but the psychopath as well. Yet, like Dorian states, “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it” (Wilde 40). Similar to Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Robert Louis Stevenson's novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde deals with the same indulgence of immoral subject matter but on an entirely different level

Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde

564 words - 3 pages always carries it and supports himself with it, as if he truly needed it. I believe that cane was Mr. Hyde. Moreover, when the beast Mr.Hyde had it he carried it as an accessory, the accessory was Dr.Jekyll non the less still holding it. The major point that shown that Dr.Jekyll lost his humanity to the beast is when the beast destroyed the one object that had them both conjoined; the cane. The moment it literally broke, he broke himself, his

Science Final

1259 words - 6 pages of his monster, it wasn’t until the monsters self realization of his predisposed grotesqueries and cruel existence that the Dr. became villain. Robert Louis Stevenson book Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde a respectable doctor turn himself into a savage murderer. In the Robert Louis Stevenson book not only is the duality of hero and villain present in a scientist’s portrayal, but the underlining tone of human duality. Science is portrayed in countless

The Haunting Despair in Gordon’s “Can We Love Our Battering Fathers?”: How It Is Created by Literary Devices and Devices of Emphasis

639 words - 3 pages picking out a humorous card for her father. Gordon reveals that her father becomes a different person when alcohol is involved. “But when he drank so much as a glass of beer, his face would become contorted, his eyes red-rimmed, his speech slurred and snarling” (par. 6). This is a suggested literary allusion to Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Gordon suggestively compares alcohol to the potion that the


1390 words - 6 pages mNATIONAL GREEN TRIBUNAL, PRINCIPAL BENCH (NEW DELHI) CAUSE LIST Joint Sitting of Court No. I & 2 FARIDKOT HOUSE Date: 24th July, 2014 TIME: 11.00 AM HON’BLE MR JUSTICE Swatanter Kumar CHAIRPERSON HON’BLE MR JUSTICE Melath Sasidharan Nambiar JUDICIAL MEMBER HON’BLE Dr. Devendra Kumar Agrawal EXPERT MEMBER HON’BLE Prof. A.R. Yousuf EXPERT MEMBER HON’BLE Dr. R.C. Trivedi EXPERT MEMBER S.No 1. Case No. Appeal No. 67/2013 (M.A No. 573/2013

Related Essays

Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde Essay

1695 words - 7 pages the name of literature; it is only a façade.” The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, written by Robert Louis Stevenson, reflects Solzhenitsyn’s quote by warning the individual of the evils found in the duplicity of human nature and the threat this may pose to society as a whole. The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde reflects Solzhenitsyn’s belief that literature must inform readers about issues that society faces, or otherwise it is merely

Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde Essay

1380 words - 6 pages Such surrogation can be distinguished from dissociation , a more dramatic type of doubling represented in Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr, Hyde (1886). Jekyll and Hyde are like a dual personality, a single entity dissociated into two. They have become what Otto Rank calls opposing selves, According to Rank, the double in primitive societies is conceived of as a shadow, representing both the living person and the

Repression In Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

589 words - 3 pages Repression plays a large role in the lives of the characters from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Fortunately or unfortunately, every character represses themselves as to lead exemplary lives. In the victorian age, the people of London controlled themselves by denying what they wanted in order to protect their reputation. Although, if the men in this story had not repressed themselves, they might have prevented the tragic

The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

769 words - 4 pages The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde MR. UTTERSON the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary, and yet somehow lovable. At friendly meetings, and when the wine was to his taste, something eminently human beaconed from his eye; something indeed which never found its way into his talk, but which spoke not only