dr jekyll and mr hyde robert louis stevenson christopher onyezie
Dr. Jeykll= A respected and prosperous doctor. =Macbeth Mr. Hyde= The evil counterpart of Dr. Jekyll. =Macbeth Mr. Utterson= Lawyer and friend of Dr. Jekyll. =Macduff (suspects and investigates Jekyll/Hyde) Dr. Lanyon= Friend of fellow doctor, Dr. Jekyll. =Banquo (close friend to Dr. J) Mr. Poole= Jekyll’s servant Mr. Enfeild= distant cousin to Mr. Utterson Mr. Guest= Utterson’s clerk Sir Carew= Member of parliament = Duncan (Man of high power killed)
Macbeth and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are very similar in some ways. It setting is only similar for the fact that they both take place in Europe. Both stories introduce and character who everyone would only describe using only positive adjectives. But later that character would change into a more wicked version of themselves. Also both possessed the traits of ambition and pride. In both stories they end up killing innocent people. Once they had that first kill, they ended up continuing to kill. They were even the cause of the deaths of their close friends.
Although Macbeth and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde have their similarities, they are also very different. For example, their settings are very different. Macbeth is set in Scotland during the 11th century, while Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is set in England during the 19th century. The characters are also different. Instead of kings, knights, and thanes, Dr J and Mr. H have lawyers, doctors and regular Victorian citizens. Also another difference is the motives of Macbeth and Dr. Jekyll. Macbeth turned bad, because of his desire to gain and keep Duncan’s throne. But Dr. Jekyll wanted to separate his dark self from his good self.
The motifs that the author, Stevenson, used were violence against the innocent, silence and urban terror. Whenever Hyde commits a crime, Stevenson repeatedly shows him attacking someone innocent. At first its was a small girl and then it was old man, both who are seen as defenseless. He never attacked someone who is attacked him or was found guilty of a crime before. The author also utilized symbolism. For example, the laboratory that Hyde would go to was physically attached to Jekyll’s house. It symbolizes duality- the dark, sinister laboratory with the well appointed and comfortable home. This also can be seen as foreshadowing because it leads to the possibility that Jekyll and Hyde are connected in some way.
If Mr. Hyde is the full embodiment of Dr. Jekyll’s evil, where is his completely angelic counterpart? I asked this question because I think it would be interesting if Jekyll explored both his angelic and demonic self and would want to see how the story would have gone if that was the case. Which character do you relate to the most? I asked this question because I am interested in the writer’s past and wonder if a based a specific character on himself. Does everyone have possess a Mr. Hyde deep inside of them? I wonder if EVERYONE, even babies, would have the ability to transform into a total embodiment of evil. What were the bad things that Dr. Jekyll did in his past that Mr. Hyde could blackmail him with? Im just interested to know more about the characters.