Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

I don't recall having ever seen a movie or read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde before, but somehow I knew the tale, but I think that is likely the case for most people, you know the story. And really, you do know it, whether or not you've taken the time to read it. While it is a quick read, it is exactly what I knew. Dr. Jekyll, wanting to create a perfectly evil being, invents a potion to separate himself into two personalities: good and evil. The wealthy Jekyll lives and works well within his community, but once transformed into Hyde, he seeks out innocent victims to torture and kill. Unfortunately, what happens is that the evil personality of Hyde grows continually stronger within, and Jekyll has more and more trouble returning to himself. His friends and neighbors are concerned, but are reluctant to confront him or take action. And those that try are quickly rebutted by Jekyll.

There are a lot of moral issues insinuated throughout this book, which would make it a good choice to read and discuss with teens. 

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