The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Questions and Answers
by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Discuss the concept of control in regard to Jekyll's relationship with Hyde.

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An interesting parallel can be observed between the control that Mr. Hyde exerts over Dr. Jekyll and the restrictive nature of the Victorian society in which Robert Louis Stevenson lived and wrote. In both situations, notions of morality and goodness are challenged by the complexity of human nature and the potential of all humans to commit evil.

In the relationship between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, control is a force for evil. Hyde is able to blackmail Jekyll because Jekyll, like most of his compatriots at this time in English history, is highly protective of his admirably spotless reputation. The relationship between the two exemplifies the importance of appearances to people who lived during the Victorian age, both in England (where Queen Victoria ruled) and abroad. During this time, this focus on outward appearances meant that societal regard for order trumped truth and reality, offering corrupt characters plenty of opportunities to take advantage of others and their mistakes, thanks to...

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