There is always a thin line between good and evil. In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louise Stevenson, it clarifies the darkness and evil within the mind of every man and how evil is able to control someone’s goodwill. The book shows the constant struggle between the good and the bad and how at one point either the good or evil will take over. The main dual personalities are Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll is a nice and well known man who has a high dependability in society. He believes that man is not truly one, but truly two and by that creates a potion to separate each of the sides within himself which leads his evil side, Mr. Hyde to takeover and lose control to his evil mind. The struggle within Jekyll shows that evil is taking over the good in him and therefore, evil is stronger than good.
Dr. Jekyll a clever, honorable, and rich man who creates a potion that transforms him into someone entirely different and completely opposite of who he is. Before making his potion, he refers his “two natures contended in the field of my consciousness” (82).
After he drinks it, he transforms into Hyde, which is represented as the figure of Satan, the evil representation of Jekyll with a small body and ugly face. He wanted the potion to separate his good and bad qualities that had always existed within him and letting the desire in him out. Drinking the potion for two months eventually makes Jekyll’s evil stronger and him not being able to control it anymore since he didn’t expect it to be a lot stronger. The evil in Jekyll had dominated his true self which leads to his death in the end.
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There are many elements that contradict Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that show the differences between the good and evil in them. As Enfield tells Utterson a story that connects to a door they pass by, he describes Hyde that “he gives a strong feeling of deformity” (32).
The word “deformity” gives an impression that he has a sense of ugliness and that his evil is not only physical but it also attaches to his mind than just his physical form. Jekyll doesn’t always act on his impulses and pushes them unlike Hyde where he welcomes it and accomplishes his actions. Dr. Jekyll is bound and confined by society whereas Mr. Hyde who is in a way free to do whatever he wants and shows that the good side is moral while the bad side contrasts by being mindless and impulsive. The evil existing in both his body and mind makes the evil stronger in Hyde.
Another way that shows the difference between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is also analyzed through the description and setting of the book. An example is the Soho range of London which is distinguished as a negative, suspicious place and as “a district of some city in nightmare” (48) during which the Carew Murder Case was described. The representation of this place makes it a not a safe place to live and using the word “nightmare” makes it appear even more scary and the evil more exposed when Hyde beats the old man with a stick. The beating is another example of how the evil in Hyde is getting stronger each time. The opposite of this is London which was a decent, honorable city with good and respectable people like Dr. Jekyll himself.
Evil is something that will always exist in someone’s identity. People’s personalities and actions are influenced by their evil side and make them a different person. For example there was always a dark cloud of evil above Jekyll which he didn’t know how strong his dormant side could become. Finally he chose to separate his good and evil and completely changed who he was as a person. The evil lurking behind people creates total chaos and they become the victim of their own actions which makes the exposure of evil not a good thing. Acts of violence and evil brings out the animal in one and eventually the evil side becomes much stronger than the good side.
Evil From Morals By textbook definition, evil is 'What is morally wrong, what hinders the realization of good' (Webster). If that is evil, then what is good? It's 'what is morally excellent, virtuous, well behaved, dutiful.' (Webster) Philosophers have argued over what evil is and why it exists for thousands of years. They have raised questions like 'How can there be a God if there is evil?' These ...