Dr Jekyll

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1931 movie poster
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1931 movie poster

Dr Jekyll is a well-respected, intelligent doctor and experimental scientist. We know that he is wealthy and respectable but also that he was a bit wild in his youth. In truth he struggles to reconcile his serious public side with his "concealed pleasures" and it is this struggle that leads to his famous experiment.

Jekyll seeks to separate the "evil" side of his nature permanently which he hopes will lead to "the furtherance of knowledge and the relief of sorrow and suffering".

His experiments cause him to become erratic in his behaviour and become alienated from his friends Utterson and Lanyon. This only gets worse as his experiments go wrong and he loses control over the transformations. He struggles to contain the Hyde persona and remain himself and this ultimately leads to his death.

ExampleAnalysis
"a large, well-made, smooth faced man of fifty"Physical description of Jekyll which is in stark contrast to Hyde.
"but every mark of capacity and kindness"Shows Jekyll's personality.
"the moment I choose, I can be rid of Mr Hyde"Jekyll reassures Utterson about Hyde, it is also ironic that Jekyll returns to Hyde often as he cannot overcome his own temptation.
"I bind my honour to you that I am done with him in this world."Jekyll promises Utterson that he is done with Hyde. He will later break this promise.
"I concealed my pleasures"The beginnings of Jekyll’s concerns with the duality of human nature. He suppressed what he thought to be wrong.