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

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Evil and Pleasure in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde What does Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tell us about evil? Does the indulgence of pleasures automatically lead to evil or is evil inherent in all human beings?  Where does pleasure fit in here?

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It is not that the indulgence of pleasure leads us into evil, but, rather, that human beings seem to have a natural predisposition to seek pleasure even if society's ethics or one (or more) person's morality would categorize that pleasure as evil. Throughout the novella, Mr. Hyde seems to grow more and more powerful, and Dr. Jekyll gradually begins to lose control over when Mr. Hyde can and cannot appear. More and more, Mr. Hyde surfaces and takes over, and Dr. Jekyll is relatively powerless to stop him. This seems to indicate that the pleasure-seeking, potentially unethical or immoral side of natures is at least as strong, or even stronger than the rule-abiding, ethical and socially-acceptable side. When we, as Dr. Jekyll has, attempt to control or repress, or completely eliminate, our pleasure-seeking side, we will always be unsuccessful because it is a necessary and powerful part of our human nature.

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My take is a bit different.  My opinion is that Stevenson is saying that every...

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