The novel begins when a lawyer, named Utterton, hears a young woman being flattened by an evil stranger named Dr. Hyde. To pay off the girl's parents, the man Hyde gives a check with the name of a respectable gentleman across the front. Dr. Jekyll has willed all of this money to this man but why? Only clue is when Dr. Jekyll's divided colleague, Lanyon, makes unclear claims against his former friend and medical professional, saying that Jekyll is involved in ridiculous and dangerous experiments that have to do with the human soul and personality.
Then, perhaps a better way of discussing the novel is to say, why he become Mr. Hyde? Is that what he wanted? Of course not. His idea was just to be perfect but by this experiment drained himself of all of his necessary strength as a scientist and created a monster by himself, a creature who stalks the streets at night, lingers with women of ill repute and low class, and lives out all of Dr. Jekyll's deepest desires and socially unacceptable dreams. In other words, through the act of self-repression, Dr. Jekyll destroys himself, and creates more misery for the other people in his life.
The novel's literary structure also underlines the idea that all human selves are divided between good and bad, just as much as the plot. Rather than the narrator having majority, the narrator is a relatively restrained, third person voice. The lawyerly and moral voice of Utterton controls, alternating with letters from Jekyll. Then, finally, in the last two chapters of the book, the dominant... [continues]
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