This template would lead to Sherlock Holmes, the one character that is still kept alive.In October 2002, Holmes was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry of London.
Yet, in the body of the scientific man, the main point of interest becomes his unity of being, rather than in his duality of character.
The body is the site for metaphysical and theological questions and debates, sometimes about inherent good and evil, and sometimes about the repressed sexual urges.
Utterson is said to be a man who ‘was never lighted by a smile’, however, he is also described as ‘somehow loveable’ and that ‘something eminently human beckoned from his eye’.
Along with the dualistic aspects of Utterson, Stevenson also explores duality through Lanyon’s relationship to Jekyll and their opposing ideas on worldly situations such as science.
The fact that these two extremes of physical appearance and personality are in reality aspects of the same person explores the idea of duality.
This aspect of duality is clearly demonstrated through Dr Jekyll’s multiple appearances within the novella, however, Stevenson also examines the concept of duality in other characters such as Mr Utterson and Dr Lanyon.The fact that all five victims were poor prostitutes, whose murder could mean little profit to anybody, turned this event into an even more mysterious one.The scare spread, and no less than twelve killings between late 18, besides the canonical five, were attributed to ‘Jack the Ripper’.In the beginning of the novella, as Stevenson describes Utterson, it is shown that there are two sides to him.Conversely to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the idea that there are two sides to this man is shown through the contrasting aspects of his personality.At any rate, the rapidly expanding scientific knowledge seems to tie the mind down more and more to the materiality of the body.The attraction of Jekyll and Hyde lay in the fact that they had the potential to be interpreted in many different ways.The most common of these interpretations was to view Jekyll-Hyde as an allegory for the schism in man, an essential separation of good and evil, or the war between bestial and human, and in recent times, the conflict between id and ego.The Jekyll-Hyde experience also makes for a perfect symbol of schizophrenia or even multiple personality disorder though it matches none of these disorders symptomatically.By a remarkable coincidence, Robert Louis Stevenson was to write The Strange Case of Dr. Hyde just two years prior to the Whitechapel murders.This fictional event has had such a strong influence on the mind of the public that the character of Edward Hyde has often been supposed to foreshadow that of the Ripper’s.