(H) Multigenre 3B
25 September 2014
Evil Prevails Over Good
Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde expresses evil triumphing over good through setting, characterization, and conflict. In the novel, setting portrays the theme of evil triumphing over good. The setting of the city covered in fog conveys this triumph. After positively identifying the victim’s body as Sir Danvers Carew, Utterson immediately suspects the name of Hyde as the murderer, and he leads a police officer to Hyde’s house. Stevenson presents the fog surrounding them during the car ride as “A great chocolate-coloured pall lowered over heaven […] The dismal quarter of Soho seen under these changing glimpses […] seemed, in the Lawyer’s eyes, like a district of some city in a nightmare” (23). The dense, dark, gloomy fog that invades and conquers the innocent city foreshadows the negative events occurring within that weather, such as the murder of Carew. The fog’s eerie aura cast over the city represents the power of evils casting their misfortunes and temptations over the good nature within humans and ultimately overcoming them. Other aspects of setting in the novel express evil beating good. To explain, the houses that both Jekyll and Hyde inhabit establish this defeat. The narrator describes Hyde’s house in Soho as run down, small, and beat up with few rooms that are even inhabitable. Mangy children, women of numerous nationalities, and the homeless surround the door of Hyde’s home. On the other hand, the residence of Jekyll consists of one of the best fireplaces in town and elaborate Victorian architectural components. However, Jekyll continuously returns to Soho as a hideaway from the wrongdoings committed by Hyde; consequently, this cycle continues because of his impulses and urges of his evil side, Hyde. In turn, Hyde’s house, a representation of the evils of Victorian society for its lack of detailed and embellished...
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