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

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Using Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as your basis, discuss the nature of "good" and "evil" or the duality of man's nature, as presented in this novel.

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In Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, one of the main themes in the story is the internal battle of human beings: the struggle...

...between good and evil in Jekyll's soul.

Is there a duality within a person? The story argues that such is the case. There is the perception of others to the two sides of a human being, as well as self-perception.

In viewing Hyde as an outsider, Enfield notes:

I never saw a man I so disliked, and yet I scarce know why ... He gives a strong feeling of deformity, although I couldn't specify the point ... I can't describe him.

However, Jekyll himself feels quite different at the start: it may perhaps be that he is too close to this other side of self to maintain an emotional distance...an objectivity—As Hyde...

I felt younger, lighter, happier in body; within I was conscious of a heady recklessness, a current of disordered sensual images running like a millrace in my fancy ... an unknown but not an innocent freedom of the soul. I knew...

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