According to Dalrymple it allows people who claim to follow such a pattern themselves to be able to say that, though they may do evil, they are intrinsically good.Similarly if they claim that someone they love has a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde personality it justifies they’re love saying they are ultimately good, even if that is not mirrored in the way they often act.Hyde the uninhibited and criminal self is the most obvious aspect of Stevenson’s story.
It is worth looking at the following passage when Jekyll describes first taking the transforming draught, seeming to replicate the sensation of being drunk for the very first time: ‘…I came to myself as if out of a great sickness.
There was something strange in my sensations, something indescribably new and, from its very novelty, incredibly sweet.
The events of the story are later explained through the testimony of a doctor, Lanyon – who witnessed a transformation from Hyde into Jekyll – and, in greater depth through Jekyll.
It turns out that Mr Hyde was the result of one of Dr Jekyll’s experiments, and that, upon consuming the ‘transforming draught’ Jekyll became a loathsome character almost the opposite of his usual self.
It has often been noted that the book has since become popular by those who don’t read novels, largely as it was initially seen as having a moral dimension which the author probably didn’t intend.
However the language of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde has passed into popular culture and has an enduring popularity for many reasons.
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