I remember a 1955 Bugs Bunny cartoon where Bugs meets a nice little man in the park who feeds him carrots. Bugs comes home with nice Dr. Jekyll only to be confronted with a horrible Mr. Hyde. Man, I loved that cartoon as a kid.
That beloved cartoon was based on a short novella titled The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde penned by the great British author Robert Louis Stevenson in 1886.
The basic premise of the story is that Dr. Jekyll creates a special potion that turns him into a ghastly beast named Hyde when consumed. Mr. Hyde is a hideous, mean-spirited abomination of a man who commits murder and harms children. Hyde has an openly sexual side that is directly opposed to the entirely proper Victorian Dr. Jekyll. At times, it seems like Jekyll craves the transformation into Hyde the way a drug addict craves their poison. Dr. Jekyll clearly shows the reader that there is good and bad in every human regardless of situation.
Like the Frankenstein Monster before him, Mr. Hyde is created through science and shows the duality of all men, regardless of birthright and social status. When you finish enjoying this splendid novella, why not read another great story by Stevenson like Treasure Island or Kidnapped?
Dan @ Central