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

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How is the relationship between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde important to the theme of duality?

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The relationship between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is integral to the theme of duality. When we discover that they are the same person—that is, that Dr. Jekyll transforms into Mr. Hyde—we understand the point that Robert Louis Stevenson is trying to make about the duality within us.

The two personas have different appearances and different personalities. They are so different that they are essential opposites of each other. Their opposite nature develops the idea of having two opposite sides to oneself.

Hence, although I had now two characters as well as two appearances, one was wholly evil, and the other was still the old Henry Jekyll, that incongruous compound of whose reformation and improvement I had already learned to despair.

Dr. Jekyll recognizes Hyde as an evil being. For the most part, Jekyll hates Hyde.

I, who sicken and freeze at the mere thought of him, when I recall the abjection and passion of this attachment,...

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