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

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What is the conflict in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

While the biggest conflict in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is Jekyll's fight to prevent Hyde from overtaking his identity and his life, he is also involved in external conflicts with Gabriel Utterson and Dr. Lanyon.

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde features both internal and external conflicts.

The central thematic conflict is internal: Jekyll versus his own animalistic, evil impulses which are personified in the character of Mr. Hyde. Jekyll wishes to separate his wickedness from his everyday, upstanding persona. This wickedness is expressed through Hyde, allowing Jekyll to indulge himself while keeping his Jekyll persona untainted. However, Hyde soon proves stronger than Jekyll, with the latter unable to control when his Hyde persona takes over. Eventually, he commits suicide to prevent losing himself to Hyde entirely.

Other conflicts are external. The novel tells the story largely from the perspective of Gabriel Utterson, Jekyll's lawyer, who investigates the doctor's strange behavior and initially believes Hyde to be a blackmailer leeching Jekyll's bank account. As a result, he unwittingly puts himself in conflict with Jekyll/Hyde. Jekyll yearns to keep his second life a secret, while...

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