Literary analysis: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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The book "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson shows a theme depicting the fine line between good and evil. The book takes place in 1886. The plot starts out with Dr. Jekyll who is trying to find a way to separate good and evil, and while doing so, he comes up with a potion that turns him into a person called Mr. Hyde who is evil. Mr. Hyde goes around doing evil things, which includes murdering Mr. Cardew with a cane. At the end of the book, Mr. Hyde is unable to turn back into Dr. Jekyll because of an impurity in the salt that was used. The major characters include Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, Lanyon, Mr. Utterson, Mr. Guest, Mr. Cardew and Poole. The conflict in this book is Dr. Jekyll who keeps turning into Mr. Hyde continuously and kills Mr.


All human beings have good and evil within them. Most people act good most of the time, while very few people act evil most of the time. The many people who act good do it because they have a reputation for being good that they feel they must keep. Another reason a lot of people don't act evil is because later on, after a person has done their evil deed, they may feel shame or remorse for what they have done, and it will go on their conscience. More than occasionally, people consider that it may not be as fun or as easy to do what is considered "good" but they usually do realize that if they do something evil and they are caught, that there will most likely be consequences. Most people would like to avoid consequences and overall avoid getting in trouble in the first place.