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The Dominion of Evil The term Jekyll and Hyde now a part of our common language can be found in most dictionaries Random dictionary definitions of Jekyll and Hyde include 1 One who has quasi-schizophrenic alternating phases of pleasantness an unpleasantness 2 A person having a split personality one side of which is good and the other evil 3 This phrase refers to a person who alternates between charming demeanor and extremely unpleasant behavior This concept revolves around the experience of Dr Jekyll enabled by drinking a potion into living as his own living side whom he names Hyde Stevenson intended Jekylls character to be pronounced Je French word for I Kill Je-Kill I kill as an indication that the doctor wanted to isolate the evil portion of himself appropriately named Hyde meaning low and vulgar hide or flesh which must hide from civilization When Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the story Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde he portrayed mans evil nature as a portion of his total makeup and showed that the evil portion will often express itself more forcefully and powerfully than do the other aspects Throughout life a person can develop a sense of the conflict that actually involves ones good and evil natures Often a persons current actions reflect their childhood experiences Jekyll described by Stevenson born wealthy grew up handsome honorable and distinguished Yet throughout much of his life he commits secret acts which he thoroughly regrets Early in Jekylls development Stevenson had him recognize a profound duplicity of lifeso profound a double dealer and that man is not truly one but truly two Intellectually he evaluates the differences between his private life and his public life and ultimately he becomes obsessed with the idea that at least two different entities maybe even more occupy a person Jekylls reflections and his scientific knowledge lead him to contemplate the possibility of scientifically isolating these two components
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