Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Theme of Violence
This novel details two crimes of violence against innocent and helpless citizens: first, a little girl, and second, an elderly man. The violence in the novel centers on Mr. Hyde, and raises the question as to whether or not violence is an inherent part of man’s nature.
Questions About Violence
- What does reading Dr. Jekyll’s account of Mr. Hyde’s two crimes add to what we already knew?
- Why does Mr. Hyde commit the crimes he does? Is pleasure the sole reason?
- Mr. Hyde’s crimes all seem to be committed on the spur of the moment. Why is this so?
Chew on This
Pleasure is the sole reason Mr. Hyde engages in violent acts. THIS is what makes him evil.