And neither can Jekyll himself, who is a suicide, as his name indicates ('Je" for the French "I"; "kyll" for "kill"). His double is killing him even in the early stages of their association, when he believes that he can with impunity rid himself of Hyde at any time. Initially, Jekyll does not care whether or not Hyde survives: "I cannot say that I care what becomes of Hyde; I am quite done with him" (SC, 52). But as his opposing selves prove inextricably bound, Jekyll becomes "careless" of life itself (SC, 97). He knows he risks death in taking his drug, but he does so quite deliberately. If not uppermost in his mind, suicide lurks there all the same. Jekyll often uses telling language, words like "I had come to a fatal cross roads" (SC, 85). Yet his Hyde-self totally fears death. As Jekyll becomes "occupied by one thought: the horror of my other self" (SC, 95), lie simultaneously delights in realizing he has the power of death over Hyde. On the other hand, Jekyll is fascinated by Hyde's "wonderful" love of life and remarks, "when I know how he fears my power to cut him off by suicide, I find it in my heart to pity him" (SC, 96), These vacillations continue until the cabinet door is forced -- and with it Jekyll/Hyde's nearly involuntary suicide.
To comprehend the concept of the duality of human nature, despite its complexity, has two fundamental aspects. The strange case of and by Robert Stevenson is a story that creatively interprets and explains the view of the duality of human nature. This abstract idea is able to reflect to greater societal concerns in reality as well.
and centers upon a conception of humanity as dual in nature in that being good and evil. For instance, asserts that, “man is not truly one, but truly two” (Stevenson, 35). Duality is an instance of opposition or contrast between two concepts or two aspects of something; a dualism. In Jekyll’s perspective every soul contains elements of both good and evil, but one is always dominant. For example, the text says, “All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil..I learned to recognize the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.” (page 45) This connects to society because individuals are both good and evil, but one part of those sides are able to take over the most. This is a concern for society because if the dominant side of them was evil, then this creates chaos, murders, crimes and evil is becoming developed through the community.
Another duality that is noticeable in the novela is the setting of the novela. As stated in the text, “The fire burned in the grate; a lamp was set lighted on the chimney shelf, for even in the houses the fog began to lie thickly” (page 14) Dr. Jekyll and are not the only examples of duality, but the setting of London is attributed in contrasting terms, as both a foggy, eerie and a nightmarish place. Just like the duality of nature; how men are both positive and negative qualities, so is society. Another quote that contrib...