He felt that ending his life would be more beneficial than as living as Hyde for the rest of his life. “Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde and the Double Brain.
Jekyll feels this is the best way to stop Hyde from committing anymore evil events.
Jekyll would permanently be Hyde forever and he did not want to be framed as a murderer.
Stevenson, despite the declamatory absolutism of his message, allows an alternative to sneak through.
And a libertarian reading of the text is quite possible, partly because of turns of phrase that Stevenson let slip through his tract.
“That thing was not my master, and there’s the truth…My master is a tall, fine build of a man, and this was more of a dwarf.”The two mindsets seem to contradict: humankind is judged by God and born with evil in them, and yet evil is also a separate thing, an extra physical cancer.
But perhaps that is precisely the point, given the onset of temptation, cancer can grow within us, as Christian morality would have it.However, before the murders start happening, we already know of the absolute nature of Hyde’s characters through the use of an, especially out-of-date plot contrivance.We know Hyde is evil simply because of his appearance.The duality of the brain during the nineteenth century explains that the left and right hemispheres each had its own function.The right hemisphere was supposedly dominated in the brains of the insane while the left hemisphere was associated with civilization.Is the Novel a Pretty Clear Case of Split Personality? Its message is blatant and clear: humankind has two very distinct sides to its personality, one of God-fearing goodness and one of temptation and evil. Hyde wears its Christian morality very prominently on its shoulders.The coexistence of an evil and a good soul in one body presents many problems that occur in the future. Jekyll is soon overpowered by the evil nature of Mr. Good and evil can no longer be separated in the body. Trying to kill off the Hyde in himself is not an easy task for Jekyll to attempt. Hyde does but he cannot control the dominant Hyde who is becoming stronger. The alter ego is a part of who he is and he cannot destroy that part of him. Elaine Showalter states, “The dominant side of the brain represent[s] the dominant gender, and the other repressed gender” (3). This explains that the evil Hyde completely takes over the good Jekyll side because it was hidden for so long that it needed to be expressed. Hyde’s intention was to be able to live his passions freely and to fulfill the evil inclinations that live in his mind without any moral restraints or limits.