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The duality of mankind or the belief that the human mind is made up of a good and evil part has always been a matter of great interest for many philosophers psychologists and writers Robert Louis Stevensons Dr Jekyll and MrHyde is a unavoidable classic on the subject for its portrayal of both nature in the persons of Hyde and Jekyll is efficiently drawn in the symbolic descriptions and the significant critic that is made through the novel which is the hypocrisy of the society where image is more important than anything else is still relevant today Stevenson in his descriptions of Hyde and Jekyll and their actions demonstrates how the good part of the human mind Jekyll is better more developed than the darker one the innate evil embodied by Hyde which is harmful for society and the individual First the physical appearance tells us a lot about Hyde and Jekyll and at the same time what the author thinks about the two parts of the human mind Jekyll is tall handsome and well-built a large well-made smooth-faced man of fifty with every mark of capacity and kindness His hands are large firm white and comely In the descriptions made by observers Jekyll appears to be a perfect distinguished gentlemen The good part of the human mind is therefore perceived as eminent more distinguished than the other part Indeed Stevenson reinforces this position with Hydes physiognomy Hyde is seen by other people who meet him as a dangerous and terrifying beast Although they cannot name why Hyde appears to those who meet him as repulsively ugly He is younger than Jekyll but he is ape-like and dwarfish and also much smaller than Jekyll for instance Jekylls clothes dont fit him As the doctor says in his statement his counterpart was less robust and less developed Utterson even says God bless me the man is hardly human and adds that Hyde looks
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