“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is easily viewed as an allegory about the good and evil that exist in all men and about our struggle with these two sides of the human personality. In this book, the battle between good and evil rages within the individual. Since Hyde seems to be taking over, one could argue that evil is stronger than good. However, Hyde does end up dead at the end of the story, perhaps suggesting a weakness or failure of evil. The theme of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is the good versus the evil.
Dr. Jekyll is a doctor who is secretly covering up his bad and cruel deeds. He is constantly fighting with himself between good and evil. In his laboratory he makes a potion that transforms him into an evil person. This evil side is like a demon. The demon lets out bad emotions and is not in control of itself. It kills and disturbs the peace in the city with arguments and fights. This “demon’s” name is Edward Hyde. Edward Hyde is described as, “pale and dwarfish, he gave an impression of deformity without any nameable malformation, he has a displeasing smile, he has borne himself to the lawyer with a sort of murderous mixture of timidity and boldness” (1652). Edward Hyde seems hardly human. Dr. Jekyll is not a “demon” he is also not “deformed.” This is said to be the evil side of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
Toward the end of the novel, Dr. Jekyll starts to lose control and voluntarily turn into Mr. Hyde. Because of these voluntary transformations, Mr. Hyde has become a huge part of Dr. Jekyll. Mr. Hyde can release any emotions he wants to because no one will ever know that Mr. Hyde is Dr. Jekyll. One of these voluntarily transformations is when Dr. Jekyll turns into Mr. Hyde and commits a murder at Regent’s Park. When this incident happens evil is in the air. In the description of the murder Stevenson uses words like “flame,” “ape-like,” “horror,” and “shattered” (1655). These words bring chills and describe a certain evil that is ready to kill.... [continues]
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