Every person has a good and evil side to their lives. Although people have a two sided personality, they must choose when to show which side. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote a novel about this topic. In it, Dr. Henry Jekyll is a physician in London, who is very well respected, and is currently experimenting with the dual nature of man kind. Edward Hyde is a manifestation of Dr. Jekyll’s personality and is accused of committing evil acts throughout the novel. Robert Louis Stevenson reinforces the theme of good and evil in his novel Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with his unique writing structure. “Stevenson’s main theme here and elsewhere may be the interrelationship of good and evil – they cannot be easily identified and separated from one another” (Bleiler 311). Stevenson uses narrative voices, Mr. Hyde, and symbols to fortify his theme of good and evil.
The first scene consists of Mr. Richard Enfield and his distant cousin Mr. Utterson walking along a street in London. They are life-long friends and take a walk together every Sunday. Like Utterson, Enfield is reserved and formal; the two men often walk for long stretches without even saying a word to one another. Mr. Enfield has a recollection of a previous incident in which he witnessed an extremely unpleasant man trample upon a small screaming girl and then walks swiftly away. .
“All at once, I saw two figures: one a little man who was stumping along eastward at a good walk, and the other a girl of maybe eight or ten was running as hard as she was able down a cross street. Well, sir, the two ran into one another naturally enough at the corner; and then came the horrible part of the thing; for the man trampled calmly over the child’s body and left her screaming on the ground. It sounds nothing to hear, but it was hellish to see. It wasn’t like a man; it was like some damned Juggernaut” (Stevenson 40). .
A large crowd had gathered around and they saw the man, Edward Hyde.