“Inside each of us, there is the seed of bothgood and evil. It’s a constant struggle as to which one will win. And onecannot exist without the other.” Eric Burdon.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a novel where themonster is able to feel human emotions, which allows him to be capable of beinggood but the evil within the monster takes over. In The strange case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.
Hyde by Robert Louis Stevensondemonstrates how good and evil are different but can intertwine together in anindividual. Dr. Jekyll demonstrates the good side, has been trying to hide thedarker side of him, Mr. Hyde. In the novel Frankensteinby Mary Shelley, and The Strange CaseOf Dr.Jekyll And Mr.Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, they demonstrate how anindividual’s good within them can be overruled with one’s evil side, resultingin many evil actions that lead to conflicts with society and themselves. Both authors create the characters to bothhave a struggle with themselves, and whether evil or good takes over thatindividual.
Dr. Jekyll craved to find the unknown of irregulatories. He iscommitted to find a way to experience his identity, good vs. evil, withouthurting his reputation, which brought Mr.
Hyde. Throughout the novel, Mr.Hydewas overruling Dr.Jekyll, and it became a struggle for Dr.jekyll to maintainMr.Hyde.
As the novel continued, Hyde’s evil becomes stronger. A conflictbetween them occurs, as though Dr. Jekyll, a father to his son, wants to disciplinehis son, but realizes that “both sides of him were in dead earnest; he wasno more himselff when I laid aside restraint and plunged in shame… the reliefof sorrow and suffering.”(10) which resulted into Dr.Jekyll desperately tryingto get rid of Hyde forever. Jekyll was confused and distraught since herealized Mr.Hyde is now an intimate part of himself. Dr.
. Jekyll commitssuicide in order to get rid of Hyde. This allows Hyde to become the dominant side,and Dr.jekyll becomes the weaker side. In the novel Frankenstein, the creature educates himself based on the De Laceyfamily. Their relationships were so full of love, the creature wished he wasapart of that family. After watching the cruelty of society and victorabandoning him, the creature faces hude problems, which build up anger. Hiskind side cannot bear to hurt an innocent but his desire for revenge on Victor isstrong.
The creature struggles with his appearance, making him full of angerand rage, and he says “acursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideousthat even you turned from me in disgust… satan had his companions, fellowdevils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred”(Shelley146). The creature, realizes his creator is scared by his existence. He realizeshe is a human but his appearance on the outside is deformed. The anger thatbuilt up, resulting in a trail of evil actions. In Frankenstein, and thestrange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, both Dr. Jekyll and the creature had ahard time accepting who they are.
Dr.Jekyll’s evil side overpowered his good,resulting himself to commit suicide. The creature had a hard time accepting hisis not wanted by society, therefor he wants to get back at Victor, his creator.After both characters letting their evil control them, the make conflicts withothers.In both these novels, the characters encountermany conflicts with another individual, which then lead to evil overpoweringgood. As thenovel progresses, Hyde’s evil becomes stronger.
He attacks Sir Danvers Carew todeath for no reason other than Sir Danvers was a good and kindly man. Mr. Hydemurders Sir Danvers Carew in an evil fit of his rage “and next moment, with ape-like fury, he was trampling his victim underfoot… and the body jumped upon the roadway”(Stevenson, 22).
From this actionMr. Hyde committed, it reveals the depravity of Mr.Hyde, that an innocent mancan be killed to show his dominance of evil over good. In the novel Frankenstein, victor refuses to make a secondcreature for the monster, resulting in the creature trying to get revenge onvictor throughout the whole novel The creature is full of anger about hiscreator and talks about how victor is a ” cursed. cursed creator! Why did Ilive..
. my feelings were those of rage and revenge”(chapter16). The creature’srage and anger built up after victor abandoned him therefore he became an evil,rage built character. The creature’s ultimate goal is to make victor feel agreat deal of pain. Their lack of friendship, is why there is a downfall ofevents. Frankenstein and the strange case of Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde bothrepresented how not only can they have problems with themselves, but after theanger that builds up, they take their evil out on other individuals. They alsoexperience a hard time with a whole group, or a society.
Both authors incorporate Dr,. Jekyll and thecreature to have conflicts with society, and demonstrate how the evil that tookover, they cannot control. Dr. Jekyll’s unethical experiments led him to riskhis relation with Dr. Lanyon. Also, Jekyll’s dangerous unethical experiments puthim at a difficult position with the entire community. These experiments, oncehe changes into Hyde, also put him at odds with the society, must never knowthat he is going against the reputation to discover his other side. Dr.
Jekyllgot so deep into his experiments so “he hesitated long before he put thistheory to the test of practice. He knew well that he risked death…But thetemptation of a discovery so singular and profound at last overcame thesuggestions of alarm” (Shelley 10). Dr. Jekyll well knows the risks of usinghimself as being tested with different experiments, but his desire todissociate good and evil proves to be too strong.
After going too far with theexperiment, Mr.Hyde took over and Dr. Jekyll lost control. All the conflictsthat happened to individuals started with Dr.Jekyll and his experiments,therefore society was very angry when they found out Hyde was created..
Thisalso resulted in Dr.Jekyll trying to kill himself to stop Mr. Hyde.
In thenovel Frankenstein, the creature’sproblems were from society’s expectations. The creature is not accepted byanyone and is unable to form friendships with others. Human society expects peopleto look a certain way, and since he does not look the way they want, he doesnot fit in. Even after the creature speaks with the old man in the house, theDeLacey family still judges him by his appearance, and moves out of the hehouse. In revenge, the creature wanted to “spread havoc and destructionaround him, and then to sit down and enjoy the ruin.”( ).
After finding the DeLacey’s cottageempty, he realizes he has been abandoned yet again. The creature ends upburning down the cottage in order to feel good, which resembles his evil. InFrankenstein and the strange case of Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, they both startconflicts with society from their evil. In conclusion, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde by Robert LouisStevenson, clearly shown that many conflicts with society and themselves couldoccur when an individual looses control of their good, and evil takes over.These novels demonstrated how the protagonists struggle with balancing the eviland good within them.
Dr. Jekyll and the creature had a hard time controllingthemselves with good and evil. The creature and Dr. Jekyll realized the powerof evil, and it overruled both of them. Lastly, they both gone too far in theirevil actions, that it lead to society going against them.
Good and evil can bea constant struggle within an individual but makes us ponder if an individualis born with evil, or formed into an evil character.