Dr. Jeklly And Mr. Hyde Essay

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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...

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