Jekyll and Hyde


Volume III Chapter II

Volume III Chapter III

Review of Reviews

Explication of Relevent Poem

Shelley's Letters

Character Analysis


Works Cited

    Frankenstein is an Epic story that boldly tackles the issue of man vs. nature. Dr. Frankenstein takes on the role of the Byronic hero, driven by hubris to attempt to harness nature itself. However, many contemporary questions arise from this imaginative Romantic piece of fiction by Mary Shelley. Is it possible for man to discover the secrets of nature and by doing so manipulate what have always been universal laws (mortality)?

    Similar to this eerie tale of hubris gone bad, is the tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In this story, Dr. Jekyll seeks to separate the good and evil that resides beneath the surface of every man, and by doing so, rid mankind of his intrinsic cruelty. After becoming utterly consumed by his work, Jekyll's own discoveries backfire on him when he loses control of his own creation (Mr. Hyde) and in the end must sacrifice himself in order to rid the world of the infamous Mr. Hyde.

    Both Victor Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll experience what is quite common in tales of man's hubris. They both eventually lose control and are overtaken by the power of nature, after which they themselves must be destroyed in order to destroy what they have created.