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Evil in the “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert L. Stevenson

In the novel Robert L. Stevenson defined the nature of evil through the person of Mr. Hyde. He used his character to symbolize evil at its purest and truest form (“…Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil” chap 10 p 2; “…one was wholly evil…” chap 10 p 3). In the first chapter (Story of the Door), Stevenson started to objectify the idea of evil as one characterized with intentions and acts that are always meant to hurt and destroy. He even gave it an unpleasant physical form which mirrors the ugliness of its nature. Mr. Enfield, the cousin of Mr. Utterson, remarked on this characteristic and quality of evil when he witnessed the cruel behavior…