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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Jun 03, 2012

really liked it
Read on June 04, 2012 , read count: 1

Despite knowing the basics of the story (as most probably do), it was still an excellent read. While the original story had a twist 2/3 or so in, that twist is now well known. Thus, the use of Utterson as a narrator is not essential (and skipped entirely in many adaptations), but he is a useful tool nonetheless. Through him, the story slowly unfolds, and it is indeed gripping.

Perhaps the most interesting thing to consider is the meaning of the duality of Jekyll's nature. It's overly simplistic to consider it merely good versus evil. Jekyll is hardly good, and Hyde is merely one embodiment of a personality - the worst of Jekyll's nature. Give the novella a read, then spend some time analyzing just what Jekyll and Hyde represent.

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