Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

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A War Raging Within Robert Louis Stevenson manages to explore an imaginative and original plot that keeps readers glued to the pages with anticipation. He combines it with various complex characters, and a writing style that demonstrates his mastery of the English language in the classic tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This legendary book brings into perspective the inner conflicts, which every person struggles with between good and evil.

It is the belief that ?man is not truly one, but truly two? which causes Henry Jekyll to take on the task of separating the identities so that ?the unjust might go his way? and the just could walk steadfastly and securely on his upward path?. So, through experimentation he finds certain chemical agents, which he believes have the ability to split the selves. Are these various agents dangerous, possibly lethal? There is no way to know. Dr.

Jekyll believes his mission is so universally important that he risks death, and drinks his potion. After a few hours, he mutates into a grotesque, malicious creature of a man. He proceeds to set up a new identity and life for this side of himself by opening a bank account and buying a house, for the man he calls Edward Hyde. He now has the ability to do as he pleases in the form of Hyde without bringing harm upon the name of his other true identity-Jekyll. As in all tales and truths about the battle between good and evil, Hyde, the evil identity, gets out of control.

?And the next moment, with ape-like fury, he was trampling his victim under foot, and hailing down a storm of blows, under which the bones were audibly shattered and the body jumped upon the roadway.? (23).

Jekyll realizes that this separation is...