Jekyll & Hyde - Theme Duality of Human Nature

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  • The Duality of Human Nature
    • Middle
      • "The death of Sir Danvers was, to his way of thinking, more than paid for by the disappearance of Mr. Hyde"
        • Utterson is shown to think that the death of an MP, who were thought to be untouchable in Victorian society, was more than enough to get rid of Hyde.
        • Stevenson shows that Utterson would do horrible acts to get rid of Hyde, but is stopped by himself, showing that even a gentlemen has secrets desires.
      • "She had an evil face, smoothed by hypocrisy: but her manners were excellent."
        • Stevenson presents his idea that all human beings have a secret desire to do evil, but only in their private life using, the woman's face
        • The old woman is a great example on  how Stevenson believed that people had two different sides to them.  She conceals her evil behind their appearance of goodness, showing duality.
    • Beginning
      • "The large handsome face of Dr. Jekyll grew pale to the very lips, and there came a blackness about his eyes"
        • Jekyll's behaviour shows a rapid change in the quote with Stevenson using juxtaposition between "handsome face" and "blackness about his eyes" to show a physical duality.
        • It could suggest that Jekyll's secret, sinful life is struggling to get out, which shows how Stevenson believed that everyone had a public and personal life.
      • "a large, well-made, smoothed-face man of fifty, with something of a slyish cast perhaps"
        • "slyish cast" implies that Jekyll has a hidden sneaky quality about him suggesting that he might do actions that were questionable as a Victorian Dr.
        • "Well made" and "smoothed -face" shows how Jekyll presents himself as a respectable man and how he enjoys life as a Dr.
    • End
      • "I chose the better part, and was found wanting inner strength to keep to it"
        • It shows how Jekyll couldn't get rid of his private life (Mr Hyde) entirely because of the secret pleasures he wanted to enjoy, yet couldn't because of Victorian society.
      • " that man is not truly one, but truly two"
        • Stevenson could also be referencing how he believed how Victorian society was false, that there was a private and public life.  He shows it through Jekyll, but also hints at this duality in other characters as well.
        • Jekyll confesses how he believes that people are not truly themselves, but two sides of the same coin, with this example being good and evil.

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