Jekyll’s Lament

Jekyll’s confession is the illustration an inner struggle between Jekyll and his “unbearable” life; then this unbearable life has to be referring to his regular life as Henry Jekyll the person. This description of his existence is unflattering and is clearly not fulfilling all of his different desires albeit good or evil. At this end Jekyll finally explains his desire to perform evil deeds and act in a fashion that would not be expected for someone his place in society. He is a member of the upper ranks in Victorian society, this restricts his ability to openly stoop down to the level of criminality of an Edward Hyde and still maintain his social position. The potion is the agent that will allow him to become a split between the two natures that Jekyll feels; the good nature as well as the bad one. It is clear from the confession of Jekyll, that creating a separate self was intriguing and attractive to him. He possessed an interest in deceiving the people around him; in order to fulfill his yearnings that only the morally bankrupt of an Edward Hyde could satisfy.

 

Henry Jekyll in the Lab

 “I had learned to dwell with pleasure, as a beloved day-dream, on the thought of the separation of these elements. If each, I told myself, could but be housed in separate identities, life would be relieved of all that was unbearable; the unjust delivered from the aspirations might go his way, and remorse of his more upright twin; and the just could walk steadfastly and securely on his upward path.” 

 

The same can also be said for the “The Strange Case” because of the matter that Jekyll comes to create Mr. Hyde. The letter leaves that Jekyll leaves behind in order to explain his behavior and the mystery regarding his relationship with Edward Hyde.  The potion works successfully to a degree except that the natures share one body instead of a full split. Science seems to be the reason for the metamorphism in Henry Jekyll as soon as he references the act of chemistry, as a cause for making his potions but once starts Jekyll starts to describe his history of actions. It becomes quite evident in Jekyll’s attempt to reverse the process that is taking a toll on his body that the potion that was used contains an ingredient that he nor any of his servants can find anywhere; thus making the potion that he used originally supernatural as well. In attempt to medicate himself from the pain of having desires that clashed with hit social stature, he ended up creating an elixir that helped create this mess. 

 

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