My Impression of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
Recently I read a book named Dr.JekyII and Mr. Hyde. It is a quite interesting book. This novel is written by the famous Scottish author, Robert Louis Stevenson. It is about a London lawyer named John Gabriel Utterson who investigates strange behavior in his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll and the evil Edward Hyde. Dr. Henry Jekyll was a scientist who was always considered as a serious, hard-working doctor. Behind this character, however, he was an active, fun-loving young man-about-town. He had spent most of his life trying to remove the devil from his heart which was not fitting for a man of his stature. After much thought, he finally decided to create a drug that could give each side of his character it's own separate face and body. Then, he bravely drank the drug and successfully transformed himself into the smaller, younger, cruel, remorseless, evil Edward Hyde. Dr. Jekyll enjoyed his secret very much--but not for ever after. As time went by, Mr. Hyde grew in power. After taking the drug repetitively, Dr. Jekyll no longer needed to use the drug to relief his devil.Eventually, Mr. Hyde grew so strong that Dr. Jekyll had to rely on the drug to remain himself.He first injured a child in street, then beat Sir Danvers to death for no reason. Realizing he would soon become Hyde forever, Dr. Jekyll left behind a confession and commit suicide. For most of the book, I believed that the story concerns two people. Dr Jekyll who born in a rich family , is a kindly old doctor, with two very old friends, Utterson and Lanyon. Mr. Hyde is a smaller, younger man, with a capacity of evil and repels everyone he meets. And yet, despite being apparent opposites in so many ways, there are clear links between the two men. Hyde gives the family of a child he has beaten a cheque signed by Jekyll. Hyde has a key to the back entrance to Jekyll’s house, and Hyde can come and go at will and give orders to Jekyll’s servants. And when Dr.JekyII’s friend, Utterson received a letter from Hyde saying that he is going away for ever, but realizing that it is in Jekyll’s handwriting. Finally, the narrator tells the truth about the two men. They are one and the same. I learnt that Robert Louis Stevenson is a Gothic author through the Internet. Gothic authors recognize that all human beings have the capacity for goodness, but all people also have a shadow side, and it is the degree to which one sublimates and controls his or her darker impulses that prevents one from becoming consumed with evil. In his novel, the central problem of Dr. Jekyll is that he cannot accept this truism about humanity and, particularly, about himself. Actually, the two sides of a person have well defined power and responsibility, mutual coordination and restraint. They know the appropriate time and situation to behave themselves. You can be serious at work with a character likes Dr. Jekyll and have your private life as crazy as you want. This is nothing to be ashamed of, but Dr. Jekyll didn't realize it at that time. Everyone plays different roles in different situations. We needn't to shame about it. The double-dealers can always gain advantage from both sides and live well. When Dr. Jekyll took the drug and devided into two person, this tragedy is waiting to happen. Human will be destroyed not by natural disaster but the evil inside human. But how can we deal with this serious problem, the inner conflict of good and
evil? First, we should correct the idea that we can kill off the evil side. Instead, we should acknowledge it, and then make the good side power by developing good habits step by step. We are educated citizens living in this beautiful planet. We are the hope in the future. We know what is right and what is wrong, and we have the obligations to regulate our behavior in accordance with the code of ethics. When we are doing things, we should consider whether it is morally right. Make this consideration a habit. Second, pay more attention to self-cultivation and adjusting attitude at any time in any place. In the course of human events, we have experienced the dark days of hard-working, when people work the whole day and the whole night like a crow without a short time of rest. Such a horrible life has gone forever. Third, release bad emotions as soon as possible. Unhealthy emotions can not be avoided, but we can release it through some healthy ways, such as running, playing sports, talking with others and so on. The more depression we hide, the more split personalities we tend to have. It is just the stimulation of the depression that causes many people totally become evil. Last but not least, don’t emphasize too much on the gain and loss of personal interests. In this colorful world, there exist various kinds of personal interests, especially pecuniary interest. I really learn a lot from the book “Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. It is a warning for us to review our behavior. The future is bright, but road is tortuous. In order to grow healthily, we’d better drop the bad behavior and bad attitude. Every thing can be settled, only if we have the determination.