Religion (religion = social issue as well as a personal one (Christianity…
religion = social issue as well as a personal one
Christianity teaches that everyone is sinful
Hyde created as Jekyll troubled by sins
when younger he 'regarded and hid them with an almost morbid sense of shame'
doing good deeds is a sign of respectability
after Carew murder Jekyll becomes 'distinguished for religion' for a few months
he's known for doing good deeds
Jekyll and Hyde can be linked to the devil and hell
meddles with own human nature for selfish reasons
creates an evil rather than good
by the end Jekyll is the 'chief of sufferers' and experiences 'torments' as Hyde grows in strength
Stevenson criticises being religious in public but sinful in private
makes Jekyll's actions hypocritical
'temptation of a discovery so singular and profound'
motivates Jekyll to make Hyde
tries to change human nature, which Christians see as God's creation
Jekyll is fond of religious text and calls upon god to help him
contrasts to the experiments to become a private sinner
lots of tension between science and religion in a Victorian society
uses science to deal with 'that hard law of life, which lies at the root of religion'.
The 'hard law' is the idea that all humans are sinful
Stevenson reminds the reader that Jekyll's actions are sinful by using religious imagery
Jekyll is a 'secret sinner' and Hyde is 'the spirit of hell'
language 'torment' - links to Christian idea of hell (place of constant suffering