In the story, “Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, Jekyll is seen as a tall, and handsome, wealthy, young man. One could easily tell he was a very wealthy man. Jekyll’s wealthiness definitely showed through his appearance. He was very well respected amongst the people of his town. They all believed he was a good man, but there were two sides to Jekyll that no one knew about.
When explaining his background to Utterson in the letter, Jekyll said, “My only fault was, that from an early age, I became, in secret, the slave of disgraceful pleasures.” Jekyll knew he was a guilty man leading a double life. Overtime, he began to indulge more into his sinful nature. When Jekyll was messing around with some potions, he created one where he could separate himself, good and bad. This quickly went out of hand, and the changes in Jekyll’s two characters became more sporadic.
Edward Hyde is seen as this very short, ugly and stubby man. His face worn, with a look of gnashing, hard, bucked teeth. His eyes nearly bulging out of their sockets, making him look even more deranged. Hyde was an evil man, full of lust and hate. He could not control himself. In Hydes confession he doesn’t say much, but he does say a few things. Once Jekyll transformed himself into Hyde, the first words he muttered were, “I like you.” This was one of the first signs of Hyde taking over Jekyll. You could see the manic in his eyes. Hyde was a bad man, he murdered many people like the young girl on the street. No one was aware of why he did what he did, but it was clearly out of hate, he was a evil man. When Jekyll was Hyde, he felt no remorse, no guiltiness, it was all numb. He was never satisfied of it either, he wanted more.
Utterson is a tall, slim man with restful eyes. He had a long head, with a well-structured nose. Utterson was determined to find out more about Mr. Hyde and his intentions. He wanted to understand where the madness came from. After seeing an visual of Hyde in his sleep, he woke up with fear stating, “I have to find this Hyde. He must be out there somewhere.” Mr. Utterson tried just about everything to find Hyde and find out more about him. He wanted Hyde to pay for what he’s done to the people in the town. Once he found the confession of both Hyde and Jekyll, things started to make more sense.
Stevenson is saying that mankind is wishy-washy. They don’t know what they want, and when they don’t know what they want, they make bad decisions. When people don’t know what they want, they’re more than likely to choose the negative outcome. You can see in the story that Jekyll couldn’t decide whether to choose his true self or Hyde. He wanted a little good and a little bad, but that wasn’t an option. Instead of choosing one, he chose both. Then things spiraled out of control because he couldn’t handle both. Hyde finally took over and it led to his death.
I believe the experiment was a terrible decision. Someone should never want to feed on their sinful nature they already have, they should want to get rid of it. It’s understandable because we’re are all stubborn people . We want everything, but not the consequences of it. Doing the experiment only drove Jekyll more crazy in the end. He didn’t want to get rid of his evil side, he yielded to it, he wanted more. The experiment ultimately led to his death. He couldn’t control himself, and it drove him mad.