GULP gulps, gulp GULP! What is consumed can make a person change. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevenson 133 years ago. My topics are drug substance, effects on relationships, and good vs evil. Drug abuse can change you which can lead to good vs evil. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson a predominant theme that is perpetuated throughout the novel is that of good versus evil; this is showcased in the development of Dr. Jekyll’s character and his slip into evil through the perpetual use of drugs.
Abusing drugs can change actions and mind. “He put the glass to his lips and drank at one gulp. A cry followed; he reeled, staggered, clutched at the table and held on, staring with injected eyes, gasping with open mouth; and as I looked there came, I thought, a change—he seemed to swell—his face became suddenly black and the features seemed to melt and alter—and the next moment, I had sprung to my feet and leaped back against the wall, my arms raised to shield me from that prodigy, my mind submerged in terror.”(Stevenson 39) This reference is about how Dr. Jekyll turned into his second self. This shows how the drug affected him to someone else physically and emotionally.“I had but to drink the cup, to doff at once the body of the noted professor, and to assume, like a thick cloak, that of Edward Hyde.” (Stevenson 43-44) The drug he took change him to someone else which is Edward Hyde. “The result was perfect. I began using the pills, rather innocently, whenever I needed a boost. To me, it was like a cup of coffee, only better. I soon learned that I could order the pills on the Internet and have a supply whenever it was needed.” (Physician Services)This showed that he couldn’t live without the drug and it was part of his routine and was normal to him. “The criminal adventures” (Stephen 69)This showed that he took the drug everyday so, therefore he was practicing under the influence of drugs. This also can affect your relationships.
Everyone has problems when it comes to relationship but if drug abuse is brought to the table it can completely change a person. “Your master, Poole, is plainly seized with one of those maladies that both torture and deform the sufferer; hence, for aught I know, the alteration of his voice; hence the mask and the avoidance of his friends; hence his eagerness to find this drug, by means of which the poor soul retains some hope of ultimate recovery—God grant that he be not deceived!” (Stevenson 29)The use of the drug affects him in his relationship because everything changes emotionally. He didn’t feel the same towards the friends he has had for years. “I mean from henceforth to lead a life of extreme seclusion; you must not be surprised, nor must you doubt my friendship, if my door is often shut even to you.” (Stevenson 23) He didn’t mean to shut others out but the drug just made that effect on him because he was becoming someone else. This leads him to be alone because he had no more relationships left. “One of the most common frustrations people have with their loved one who is addicted to drugs is the level of secrecy involved in their daily lives. A natural result of dealing with someone’s constant lies is a loss of trust. Deception, secrecy, and unexplainable distancing from someone who may be dealing with addiction can quickly rob the relationship of trust.” (Holloway Medmark Treatment) The drug can have you doing things that you would not normally go changing your every move.“To appreciate the source of this love, they must retain their individuality. As the conjoining of their ‘hands’ and ‘eyes’ brings them closer together, the collective pronoun the speaker uses- “our hand” and our eyes (emphasis added)- signifies the necessary and distinct contribution each person in deepening the relationship.” (Evans 127) This means that once he had the drug he felt good but then when he had the drug as the mood changed with the people were around. He felt good for a minute but then everything went south. Furthermore, this can lead you to be an evil person when in reality they are not.
When drug abuse comes everything changes into something else that someone may not be conscious of. “My two natures had memory in common, but all other faculties were most unequally shared between them. Jekyll (who was composite) now with the most sensitive apprehensions, now with a greedy gusto, projected and shared in the pleasures and adventures of Hyde; but Hyde was indifferent to Jekyll, or but remembered him as the mountain bandit remembers the cavern in which he conceals himself from pursuit. Jekyll had more than a father’s interest; Hyde had more than a son’s indifference. To cast in my lot with Jekyll, was to die to those appetites which I had long secretly indulged and had of late begun to pamper. To cast it in with Hyde, was to die to a thousand interests and aspirations, and to become, at a blow and forever, despised and friendless. The bargain might appear unequal; but there was still another consideration in the scales; for while Jekyll would suffer smartingly in the fires of abstinence, Hyde would be not even conscious of all that he had lost.” (Stevenson46) He was someone nice when he didn’t have a drug and changed to someone evil when he consumed the drug. “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.” (Stevenson 43) When the drug was in his system the evil side came through, and he’ll do things he wouldn’t normally do. “Borderline personality a person with borderline personality disorder is emotionally super sensitive, to events in their lives, resulting in extreme mood swings with intense anger, panic, despair, and feelings of chronic emptiness. Relationships are unstable and intense, often with an extreme fear of abandonment. Impulsive and reckless behaviors (including suicide attempts and self-harm) are common. There may also be brief episodes of paranoia and loss of touch with reality .” ( NA Personality+ Substance Use) All these behaviors come with drug abuse if you don’t have it and all these emotions come through and these are things you wouldn’t normally feel.“Literature is an especially powerful medium for the study of good and evil and the accompanying dynamic of connection and disconnection”. (Breen 1) This means you can be connected and disconnected this can happen because of the drugs you will be taking. In ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson a predominant theme that is perpetuated throughout the novel is that of good versus evil; this is showcased in the development of Dr. Jekyll’s character and his slip into evil through the perpetual use of drugs.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde is all about how the consumption of drugs can trigger different personalities that can bring a bad side of you. The first paragraph was all about the personality change and triggers one may have. The second paragraph was about the intake of the drug and what causes one to change with it if they didn’t have it. The final paragraph was about how the drug can cause good vs evil and the person may not notice.