The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – Book Review

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hydeA dark Gothic tale telling the story of a man who unleashes his evil personality. This novella explores the darker side of humanity by exploring the consequences of separating the dark side of the mind from the light. The story is mostly told from the perspective of Mr Utterson, a lawyer and friend of Dr Jekyll’s.

 

I found the story interesting on an intellectual level, because the novella explores the innate evil in human nature, which is chained away by our sense of morality. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde also examines the problematic realities of having two separate personalities. In my opinion, the book deals well with the internal battle that most people go through every day when making difficult choices in life. The author does take it to the next level by separating the irrational side from the rational side.

 

Gothic fiction does intend to explore the darker side of humanity, and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is no exception. Mr Hyde, Dr Jekyll’s evil alter ego, does murder someone in the story. Like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this book is a warning against the use of science to temper with our own humanity. The book is arguing that humans need the dark and light side together to be human.

 

All in all I really enjoyed reading The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Hyde, as it is a book capable of starting an internal intellectual debate.

 

Rating: 5/5 stars

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