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Symbolism in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Henry Jekyll is a physician in London He is very well respected and is currently experimenting the dual nature of mankind Edward Hyde is a manifestation of Dr Jekylls personality He is accused of committing evil acts throughout the novel The first scene consists of Mr Richard Enfields and Mr Utterson walking along a street in London Mr Enfield has a recollection of a previous incident in which he witnessed an extremely unpleasant man trampling upon a small screaming girl while this man was running somewhere A large crowd had gathered around and they saw the man Edward Hyde The crowd forced the man to give money to this girl for trampling over her Hyde did not run over her for any reason He just did it out of spite and evil He represents all the evil in the world The reaction of others to him is one of horror because while looking at him others feel a desire to strike out at him and kill him His physical appearance brings out the worst evil in other people Since Hyde represents evil he is symbolically represented as being much smaller than Dr Jekyll I believe Dr Jekyll created Hyde because he had a theory that man has a good side and a bad side While investigating this he developed a potion that could release the evil in a person in the form of a totally different person Then this person could commit any evil act it wanted and then drink the potion to return back to normal The only problem with this is the fact that he drank this potion so many times he was no longer able to control this process He was unable to transform back into Dr Jekyll Another example of Hydes evil is in the killing of Sir Danvers Carew Sir Danvers appears to have been
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