Answer these questions as completely as possible using specific examples from the text where possible. Each question is worth 25 points; 10 details per answer necessary for full credit. The answers may be neatly handwritten or typed if necessary. Length should be at least a full paragraph per question. You may either turn this in traditionally or post this to the Moodle
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A. Using this novel as your basis, discuss the nature of "good" and "evil," or "the double" and the duality of man's nature, as presented in this novel.
B. Contrast Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Lanyon in their basic responses to scientific medicine, to metaphysics, to the basic nature of evil itself, and to man's duality.
C. At the beginning of the novel, Dr. Jekyll is in total control of Mr. Hyde, yet at the end of the novel, Mr. Hyde is in control of Dr. Jekyll. Show how this reversal came about.
D. Justify Utterson's reluctance to read Lanyon's statement until after "the death or disappearance" of Jekyll.
E. Utterson as a narrator is objective and honest, and yet he often comes to the wrong conclusion about matters such as forgery, Hyde's existence, Jekyll's motives, and other matters. Discuss the character of Utterson and how he is so often misled in his opinions.