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Dr Henry Jekyll was a respected doctor and friend of both Lanyon a fellow physician and Utterson a lawyer Jekyll is a prosperous-seeming man well established in the community and known for his decency and charitable works Since his youth however he has secretly engaged in unspecified dissolute and corrupt behavior Jekyll finds this dark side a burden and undertakes experiments intended to separate his good and evil selves from one another Through these experiments he brings Mr Hyde into being finding a way to transform himself in such a way that he fully becomes his darker half Mr Edward Hyde was a strange repugnant man who looks faintly pre-human Hyde is violent and cruel and everyone who sees him describes him as ugly and deformedyet no one can say exactly why Language itself seems to fail around Hyde he is not a creature who belongs to the rational world the world of conscious articulation or logical grammar Hyde is Jekylls dark side released from the bonds of conscience and loosed into the world by a mysterious potion Despite the seeming diametric opposition between Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde their relationship in fact involves a complicated dynamic While it is true that Jekyll largely appears as moral and decent engaging in charity work and enjoying a reputation as a courteous and genial man he in fact never fully embodies virtue in the way that Hyde embodies evil Although Jekyll undertakes his experiments with the intent of purifying his good side from his bad and vice versa he ends up separating the bad alone while leaving his former self his Jekyll-self as mixed as before Jekyll succeeds in liberating his darker side freeing it from the bonds of conscience yet as Jekyll he never liberates himself from this darkness The dominance of Hyde first as a latent force within Jekyll then as a tyrannical external force subverting Jekyll holds various implications for our understanding of human
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