The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Francois Place
"This Master Hyde, if he were studied,' thought he, 'must have secrets of his own; black secrets, by the look of him; secrets compared to which poor Jekyll's worst would be like sunshine.'" —The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
When Edward Hyde traples an innocent girl, two bystanders catch the fellow and force him to pay reparations to the girl's family. A respected lawyer, Utterson, hears this story and begins to unravel the seemingly manic behavior of his best friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and his connection with Hyde. Utterson probes into both Jekyll and his unlikely protégé, increasingly unnerved at each new revelation. In a forerunner of psychological dramas to come, Robert Louis stevenson uses Hyde to show that we are both repulsed and attracted to the darker side of life, particularly when we can experience it in anonymity.
Nicholas Rance is Senior Lecturer in English at Middlesex Polytechnic and author of The Historical Novel and Popular Politics in Nineteenth-Century England and Wilkie Collins and Other Sensation Novelists: Walking the Moral Hospital.
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Set in nineteenth-century London, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is a fiction novel portraying the dual nature of man. English lawyer Mr. Utterson investigates the enigmatic case of murderer Edward Hyde, companion to and sole heir of Dr. Henry Jekyll, a renowned scientist known in all England for his benevolent character. Utterson's dogged search leads him to the shocking and horrifying truth, revealing the coexistence of good and evil in man's soul. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde delves deeply into human duplicity, powerfully depicting Jekyll's belief that 'man is not truly one, but truly two.' This story illustrates how every person's soul is a commingling of good and evil, which are continually struggling for supremacy. Of the two, one will predominate depending on a person's choices and actions, eventually shaping his nature. This thought-provoking classic requires thorough reading and analysis in order to fully absorb and appreciate its profound theme. Although Stevenson's expression may be quite challenging for some young adults, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is worth struggling through, for it will instill in the reader a deeper understanding of true human nature.