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Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Jekyll and Mr. The novel became so popular that the phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" has come to mean someone whose behavior changes based on the situation they're in. Evil, I fear, founded — evil was sure to come — of that connection. Ay truly, I believe you; I defer for what purpose, God alone can tell is still lurking in his victim's room. Well, let our name be vengeance.
This passage is taken from the first paragraph of the novel, in which Stevenson sketches the character of Utterson the lawyer, through whose eyes the bulk of the novel unfolds. Yet this introductory passage also reveals certain cracks in this rigid, civilized facade—cracks that make Utterson an ideal person to pursue the bizarre case of Jekyll and Hyde.
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In his final letter, Jekyll explains how, more than anything, it was his desire for achievement rather than an innate degradation in his soul that drove a wedge in his personality. What he became resulted not from his wickedness but from his scientific drive to understand what caused his split nature. Everyone, Jekyll contends, has a duality of personality and the potential for good and evil acts. With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to that truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two. Jekyll tries to bring moral conscience and rational analysis to investigate the central question which drove his experiment.