Is Doctor Jekyll A Tragic Hero?

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He believed that there were two parts to the human soul: good and evil. He is infatuated with “man’s dual nature”. His experimentation in this matter leads to his downfall. He proves his long term suspicions that “man is not truly one, but truly two”. He is driven by the ambition of proving his theory and rejects the voice of reason.
Jekyll makes some major errors of judgement through out the course of the novel. His first major mistake was in trying the potion in the first place. This was made worse by Jekyll continuing to consume the potion. This mistake was irreversible as the more frequently Hyde was let out the more powerful he became and Hyde eventually took over.
Jekyll makes his worst mistake in the third chapter, ‘Jekyll was quite at ease’, when Jekyll says to Utterson arrogantly “The moment I choose, I can be rid of Mr. Hyde”. Jekyll underestimates the power of Hyde and this surely leads to his downfall.
Jekyll makes the same mistake again after the murder of Sir Danvers Carew. When confronted by Utterson, Jekyll once again dismisses the possibility of Hyde coming back and causing more problems.
Dr. Jekyll invokes pity from the reader on numerous occasions. When Jekyll begins to auto transform into Hyde he begin to suffer serious mental anguish. Henry Jekyll is unable to eat, drink or sleep. Every second of the day requires constant attention. Any lapses in concentration may lead to the appearance of Hyde again. The reader and audience feel pity towards Dr. Jekyll as he is truly suffering.
Also one feels pity towards Jekyll when Jekyll is begging for Dr. Lanyon’s assistance with regard to obtaining the required salts. Jekyll’s letter is a plea to Lanyon, some of the language used is humiliating and the manner in which it is written shows the letter is of utmost importance. Furthermore Jekyll’s manner in which he tries to compensate people for Hyde’s actions shows that Jekyll has a c View More »

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