Jekyll and Hyde Essay

509 WordsFeb 5, 20133 Pages
Dr.Jekyll states that he always led a good life with the things he had been given, but as he grew older, he began to wish he could indulge more of his "other" side. He says that he was living two lives, with two personalities, even before he discovered the potion. "If each, I told myself, could but be housed in separate identities, life would be relieved of all that was unbearable;" he says, referring to man's dual personalities. He seems to hope that with this potion, he could rid himself of his evils and let them go their separate ways, leaving him to lead his good, moral life. This means that Hyde was not a new part of him, only an embodiment of the evil already within him. The potion was meant to solve his distress. "...even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both;" Jekyll states, speaking about his dual natures. He believes that man is made up of both good and evil, but that evil is a stronger force. Man's good moral side was the only thing keeping that evilness at bay. With this evil self separated from the normal Dr.Jekyll, he could partake in whatever pleasures he wished without consequence from his conscience. "Henry Jekyll stood at times aghast before the acts of Edward Hyde; but the situation was apart from ordinary laws, and insidiously relaxed the grasp of conscience. It was Hyde, after all, and Hyde alone, that was guilty." Meaning that he could partake in whatever his evil side fancied as Edward Hyde with no consequence to his normal state if being as Dr.Jekyll. I think that Dr.Jeyll's theory on morality has very strong points. Although I would not go so far as to say I completely agree with him, (as I am not entirely certain exactly what I believe about the morality of mankind), I will say that I am inclined to agree on many points. "...those provinces of good and ill which divide and compound man's

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