Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a gothic novella by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson published in 1886. It is about a London lawyer (Utterson) who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. As we know, the book shows many scenes of appearances but the reader doesn’t take into account that until the end of the book.
To begin with, we use to define an appearance as “the way a person or thing looks to other people” (Cambridge, dictionary, 2018). Nowadays, our society lives depending on appearances, what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we think. The same event occurs in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, because Jekyll is a respected, helpful and friendly doctor of society and he has everything that a person would imagine to have. However, he lives a double life, because he is tired of hiding his evil side. In his investigation to finish his double life he discovers that “a man is not truly one, but truly two” (Stevenson 52).
On one hand, this book was written by the point of view of Mr. Utterson, a lawyer and friend of Dr Jekyll, who investigates this case. As we know Jekyll has created Hyde with a strange potion in order to do the evil. This causes a problem for Jekyll, because these two personalities are in frequent fight for domination, which concludes in the death of both lives.