"Stevenson's famous exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil, 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,' has become synonymous with the idea of a split personality. More than a morality tale, this dark psychological fantasy is also a product of its time, drawing on contemporary theories of class, evolution, criminality, and secret lives."
This is a classic horror story, so I was very excited to read this book for my Irish and Scottish Literature course. However, I wasn't as impressed as I thought or hoped I would be.
I liked the general plot line. A man with a split personality-- one is a perfect gentleman who never does anything wrong while the other is a loose cannon, a menace to society, the unleashed form of Dr. Jekyll. I liked how Dr. Jekyll just decided to due away with his 'good' persona and give in to the 'bad.'
I didn't like how Robert Louis Stevenson seemed to assume that one must be completely good or completely bad. Maybe it was just simpler to tell the story this way, but I really hated the separation of these two major aspects of a being. One cannot be completely good without a little bad, because otherwise, what would they be? We can't know good without the bad. They're relative terms.
This could partially be a personal problem, but I was having trouble keeping up with minor characters. I don't think that I was really given a reason to care about them and they weren't particularly memorable. I'm a reader who thrives on well-written characters, and this story just didn't have them to the degree that I was hoping for.
This wasn't an altogether unpleasant read, but it's not a book that I would like to read again. I feel really guilty saying this about a classic read...
I give 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde':