Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Don’t you hate those people with split personalities? One of the key themes in The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the duality of man. What the authors suggests through them is that every man has two different personalities, one good and one evil. If the evil side is dormant for too long it comes out with a vengeance. In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jekyll tries separating his good self from his evil, thus creating Mr. Hyde. When Jekyll tries to fix what he has done and control his transformations, he can't find the ingredients and permanently lives within the body of Mr. Hyde. In The Island of Dr. Moreau, Dr. Moreau creates humans out of animals but doesn't want their animal side shown anymore. Thus he forces laws upon them as to do things like standing up straight. In the novels The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde the authors use science to explore the duality of man. Hyde is a man with no consequence, who indulges in his desires unlike everyone else. “With ape like fury, he was trampling his victim underfoot and hailing down a storm of blows”(Stevenson 15). Jekyll creates Hyde because he was looking into the nature of man. More specifically, he was trying to understand why man does what he does. Jekyll as the doctor could see the darker side of human nature, and tried to recognize positive aspects, increased strength, stamina, passion, but didn’t understand that these are inseparable from man's evil nature. He discovered that man's evil nature is an inseparable part of man. Dr. Moreau takes the flaws of man and tries using science to perfect them. Pendrick isn’t a man of science therefore he can’t fully understand Dr. Moreau’s experiments. “The creatures I had seen were not men, had never been men. They were animals - humanised animals - triumphs of vivisection”(H.G. Wells 95). Dr. Moreau takes animals and humans and replaces certain parts of the animal with human parts, this causes the...
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