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Here's the question:
Read the following extract from Chapter 10 (Henry Jekyll’s Full Statement of the Case) of
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and then answer the question that follows.
In this extract, Jekyll describes his experience of taking the potion for the first time.
I knew myself, at the first breath of this new life, to be more wicked, tenfold
more wicked, sold a slave to my original evil; and the thought, in that moment,
braced and delighted me like wine. I stretched out my hands, exulting in the
freshness of these sensations; and in the act I was suddenly aware that I had
lost in stature.
There was no mirror, at that date, in my room; that which stands beside me as
I write was brought there later on, and for the very purpose of these
transformations. The night, however, was far gone into the morning – the
morning, black as it was, was nearly ripe for the conception of the day – the
inmates of my house were locked in the most rigorous hours of slumber; and I
determined, flushed as I was with hope and triumph, to venture in my new shape
as far as to my bedroom. I crossed the yard, wherein the constellations looked
down upon me, I could have thought, with wonder, the first creature of that sort
that their unsleeping vigilance had yet disclosed to them; I stole through the
corridors, a stranger in my own house; and, coming to my room, I saw for the first
time the appearance of Edward Hyde.
I must here speak by theory alone, saying not that which I know, but that
which I suppose to be most probable. The evil side of my nature, to which I had
now transferred the stamping efficacy, was less robust and less developed than
the good which I had just deposed. Again, in the course of my life, which had
been, after all, nine-tenths a life of effort, virtue, and control, it had been much
less exercised and much less exhausted. And hence, as I think, it came about
that Edward Hyde was so much smaller, slighter, and younger than Henry Jekyll.
Even as good shone upon the countenance of the one, evil was written broadly
and plainly on the face of the other. Evil besides (which I must still believe to be
the lethal side of man) had left on that body an imprint of deformity and decay.
And yet when I looked upon that ugly idol in the glass, I was conscious of no
repugnance, rather of a leap of welcome. This too, was myself. It seemed
natural and human. In my eyes it bore a livelier image of the spirit, it seemed
more express and single, than the imperfect and divided countenance I had been
hitherto accustomed to call mine. And in so far I was doubtless right. I have
observed that when I bore the semblance of Edward Hyde, none could come
near to me at first without a visible misgiving of the flesh. This, as I take it, was
because all human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and
evil: and Edward Hyde, alone in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil.
Starting with this extract, explore how Stevenson presents ideas about good and evil in
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
• how Stevenson presents ideas about good and evil in this extract
• how Stevenson presents ideas about good and evil in the novel as a whole.