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In Stevensons book Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde there is an interesting balance of power The control over Dr Jekylls body greatly chaqnges throughout the book In the beginning of the story Dr Jekyll drinks a potion and becomes Mr Hyde for only a short time However by the end of the book he is drinking the antidote every half-hour to keep Hyde from taking over his identity Dr Jekyll is a prominent scientist who stumbles upon a potion that gives him a new identity He confesses to many secret indiscretions which he enjoyed greatly as a child When he becomes older he realizes that societys knowledge of his pleasures he would be shunned and learns to supress his desire for them When he first makes the compound he discovers that he can release his evil side by becoming an entirely different person physically but retains his soul As Mr Hyde he has the ability to indulge in his pleasures without ruining Jekylls good name Jekyll can control his transformations taking a potion when he wants to be Mr Hyde and then takes the same one to become himself again At this point in the story he has total control over the transformation process Jekyll becomes so obsessed with his other self that he begins to lose control of the metamorphosis Hyde begins to appear merely when Jekyll reminisces about the unmentionable deeds he commited as Hyde When he falls asleep he wakes up as Mr Hyde As the novel progresses Hydes immoral ways become more prominent He beats the kindly Sir Danvers Carew to death for no reason It is almost as if Hyde needs to proclaim his dominance by destroying pure goodness as he represents pure evil Dr Jekyll creates a being where he can yield to his pleasures without being discovered He loves the freedom and unrestrained nature of Hyde therefore giving Hyde the opportunity to gradually overpower the
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