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In the book Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde written by Robert Louis Stevenson, there are two characters that are completely different in every way you can imagine. The ironic thing about it is that these two characters are one in the same. The man named Dr. Jekyll is a sophisticated middle aged doctor that seems to be a very nice man. On the other hand there is Mr. Hyde which no one is pleased to meet the acquaintance of. Two completely different men that are brought together in one experiment which leads to the end of there life. The experiment here was Mr. Hyde which did not turn out to be very quaint. His appearance is not to be appreciated just like the rest of his characteristics.
In this book Mr. Hyde was first described by a man named Mr. Endfield which is good friends with Dr. Jekyll's lawyer. On one of their regular Sunday walks Mr. Endfield was describing his contact with Mr. Hyde. His story consisted of seeing Hyde trample right over a little girl with absolutely no remorse whatsoever. This story included Endfield's description of Hyde which was quite disturbing. "He must be deformed somewhere, he gives a strong feeling of deformity, although I couldn't specify the point"(Stevenson,8-9). There is no pinpoint of what Endfield saw that was so disturbing but it was something about him that did not seem to be right.
When Mr. Utterson himself came across meeting Mr. Hyde in person, he understood what his friend had told him. At first Hyde would not let Utterson see his face, but when he saw it he got a sense beyond words. "He must be deformed Somewhere; he gives strong feeling of deformity, although I couldn't specify the point"(Stevenson,18). Utterson was truly shocked at this man's appearance. "God bless me, the man seems hardly human"(Stevenson)!
When Jekyll had fled to his room for several days without showing himself to anyone, his servant, Poole, became to worry. He sent for Mr. Utterson for he needed to tell these worries to someone. He was certain that Dr. Jekyll was not the man in that room and that maybe his master had been killed. He had seen who he believed to be the stranger one day by accident. He said to Utterson, "Sir if that was my master, why had he a mask upon his face"(Stevenson,56)? Poole was extremely certain that Jekyll did not have a face like that and was much taller.
The last of cases which explained Mr. Hyde's description was his counterpart Dr. Jekyll. Jekyll admitted that his other form that he had created was quite unhuman looking. "Evil besides had left on that body an imprint of deformity"(Stevenson,83). Their was no other way of putting it, Hyde was stuck with Jekyll till his day of death. It was of his own doing that he had come to have this counterpart and he had brought him onto himself so much that he could not control his taking over any longer. "He had now seen the full deformity of that creature that shared with him some of the phenomena of consciousness, and was co-heir with him to death"(Stevenson,100). This man was truly ugly in not only the facial manner and could not be destroyed till death.
Through the entire book of Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mr. Hyde is described as a man of deformity yet no one can put a finger on why this is so. It is truly beyond looks and goes to his full existence. It is quite an interesting situation that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde be one in the same considering they are so different. One a good man with a quite established place in society, and one an evil and disliked person by everyone he meets. It was quite odd that Dr. Jekyll was friends with this man till the conclusion of this book where the reader discovers that they were one in the same.
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