In now plunged in darkness except for the fanlight,

In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,
Robert Louis Stevenson uses imagery to enhance the central message of good
versus evil. For instance, “Mr. Hyde broke out of all bounds and clubbed him to
the earth. And 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” (Stevenson 27). We can
conclude that, in this passage a man is murdered for no apparent reason; Stevenson
makes the evil murder come to life; so, the audience can actually see the
maid’s perspective as if we are the one looking through the window down upon on
them. Robert Stevenson also uses imagery to express the central message of good
versus evil by “I never saw a circle of such hateful faces; and there the
man in the middle, with a kind of black sneering coolness- frightened to, I could
see that- but carrying off, sir, really like Satan” (Stevenson 8).  In particular, Mr. Stevenson all throughout
the book describes Hyde as being evil. He even compares him to Satan in the
early beginning of the book. We all have our own view of Satan and in my
perspective Satan is the highest of all evil.

In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, author Stevenson uses
symbolism to enhance the central message of good and evil. For example, “One
house, however, second from the corner, was still occupied entire; and at the
door of this, which wore a great air of wealth and comfort, thought it was now
plunged in darkness except for the fanlight, Mr. Utterson stopped and knocked”
(Stevenson 16). In other words, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde live in completely different
types of houses. The houses symbolize good and evil; Jekyll’s house is very
luxurious and homely which can somewhat represent “heaven”. Unlike Hyde’s
laboratory which is dark, mysterious and unwelcoming similar as to what people
describe “hell” to be. In other words, Hyde’s laboratory symbolizes evil while
Jekyll’s house symbolizes good.

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             Stevenson also enhances his central idea of
good versus evil by including biblical allusions throughout the story. As an
example, “This inexplicable incident, this reversal of my previous experience,
seemed, like the Babylonian finger on the wall, to be spelling out the letters
of my judgment; and I began to reflect more seriously than ever before on the
issues and possibilities of my double existence” (Stevenson 56). Specifically,
this passage refers to the bible verse Daniel 5.5 which helps him tie good
versus evil into the book. Normally someone who reads the bible is referred as “good”
because they look up to god and would never commit such evil risking the chance
of getting accepted into heaven.  Stevenson wrote The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde during the Victorian
era, where bible study was mandatory and praised upon. He uses the allusion to
foreshadow Dr. Jekyll’s death, Jekyll thinks nothing of it because he is
infatuated with the feeling he gets from the potion. He does not care that what
he is doing is evil because in this sense the evil is taking over him and overweighing
his good respectable and looked up to Dr. side. “I was slowly losing hold
of my original and better self, and becoming slowly incorporated with my second
and worse” (Stevenson 68). At this point Jekyll is admitting his lack of
control over Hyde.

Robert uses mood and tone to
centralize good versus evil in The
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Furthermore, “He is not easy to
describe. There is something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing,
something downright detestable. I never saw a man I so disliked, and yet I
scarce know why. He must be deformed somewhere; he gives a strong feeling of
deformity, although I couldn’t specify the point. He’s an extraordinary-looking
man, and yet I really can name nothing out of the way. No, sir; I can make no
hand of it; I can’t describe him. And it’s not want of memory; for I declare I
can see him this moment (Stevenson 10). In addition, this gives off a vivid
description of Hyde which causes the tone to become fearful and uncomfortable,
the Victorian London setting alone starts the story off dark which fits its
evil roots. Stevenson sets the sinful mood by using dark colors to describe it.

 Another way author Stevenson expresses good vs
evil in his story is. “I felt younger, lighter, happier in body… a solution of
the bonds obligation, an unknown but not innocent freedom of the soul. I knew
myself, at the first breath of this new life, to be more wicked, tenfold more
wicked, sold a salve to my original evil: and the though, in that moment,
braced and delighted me like wine” (Stevenson 67).  For instance, I feel the theme can all be
gathered from this quote, Jekyll full on admits how good he feels being someone
else. He has no shame in the evil he is doing; as if he forgets who he really
is; Dr. Jekyll. Stevenson does a good job showing us that evil has overtaken Jekyll
at this point. Jekyll lets his evil overthrow him simply because it makes him feel
“younger, lighter and happier”. Nowadays the world is such a crazy place and people
will do whatever they have to, to get what they want. It’s just a matter of if
you’ll let it overcome you or not. As Jekyll says, “that man is not truly one,
but truly two” (Stevenson 62).