Is there another theme in Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde that goes beyond good and evil? If so, what is it? How can Jekyll be compared to people of his time in Victorian society? What did he represent in this society?
Science competed with religion during the Victorian period as a way to explain life. This had begun a century earlier, but was taking on new importance as industry and science made new discoveries. One important aspect of science was Darwin's theory of evolution, which argued human beings had evolved from less complex organisms. Other scientists and social critics looked at poverty in the city and what they perceived as the decline of the British empire, and concluded that humankind were not evolving into something better but degenerating into something worse--Max Nordau was one person who wrote about degeneration. Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde reflects this controversy and suggests that the...
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