The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
Lanyon Robert Louis Stevenson
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” by Lanyon Robert Louis Stevenson, is a novel set in the late nineteenth century in London. It is a gothic mystery that is told in past tense. The narrator is anonymous and speaks in third person. Dr. Lanyon (A reputable London doctor who is also one of Dr. Jekyll friends) and Dr. Jekyll each narrate one chapter of the novel via a confessional letter at the end. This novel is a timeless classic, which is alluded to in many modern cartoons such as, “Tom and Jerry” and in sitcoms, such as, “Dexter.” It has inspired countless authors to create similar story lines; Steven King for example, utilizes this method of storytelling in many of his books. The theme of, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” revolves around good and evil. It shows the two sides of human nature. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde play on our deepest fears of being deceived by what we trust to be safe and hold close to our hearts as being respected and innocent. It shows us that although you can see evil, when it’s in your face, you can easily be deceived when evil presents itself as kind and innocuous. This is the classic tale of good intentions causing catastrophe. It is a story spun about a good person taking advantage of what he can do, when he is incognito. It is a continuation of the legendary battle of good and evil . . . this time, played out in a man’s mind. However, as the old saying goes, “be careful where your mind wanders, for where the mind wanders, the feet are sure to follow.” Dr. Jekyll is a well respected doctor, well established in his community, and known for his decency and charitable works. However, when he was younger he engaged in untold corrupt behavior that only Mr. Utterson (a prominent and upstanding lawyer who is a friend of Dr. Jekyll) seems to know about. Dr. Jekyll...
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