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

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What are some of Dr. Jekyll's character traits in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

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Well, to begin, we know that Dr. Jekyll is extraordinarily intelligent, given his scientific achievements, and he is quite respected. In addition, I would suggest that he could be called deeply repressed. As we find out, there's a certain personal crisis at the heart of Dr. Jekyll in the ways in which he possessed a very real dark side (though what this entails, we don't really know) and the ways in which he was deeply ashamed of it.

In addition, it's worth noting that from the very beginning, Jekyll's intentions behind the creation of Mr. Hyde were corrupt, given that part of his goal was actually to find a way in which he could have the opportunity to act out his own worst inclinations with immunity. This was the reason he ultimately was so drawn to the Hyde persona: because Jekyll (or, perhaps, that darker part of Jekyll himself) wanted to indulge in those actions while not suffering any ill effects as himself. Honestly, I think this is one of the most interesting and disturbing...

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