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Kimberly Flores
Professor Sally Olivas
English 1A, Spring 2016
23 February 2016
Argument Essay Outline
I. Living as dual human beings with a good and bad side, it is important to both balance and
focus control over both sides in order to avoid an extreme sway in either which direction.
A. We cannot live as single-minded beings. Humans=complex (duality)
B. Humans born with societal values/ moral side (good) and basic instincts/evil intentions
(bad) Dr. Jekyl wanted to help others as doctor (normal life) but live out devilish
desires as Hyde
C. Counterargument: being we need to control one side and live entirely through the
other forever
D. In suppressing one side, we weaken the other. Leaving room for suppressed side to
explode under pressure. Jekyl tried to rid himself of Hyde, Hyde came out stronger
E. When we allow both sides to prosper evenly, we exercise learning the proper
situations to expose either good or bad sides or ourselves and in turn do not risk the
chance of one character overpowering the other.
II. In Robert Louis Stevensons, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, the main
character, Dr. Jekyl identifies himself as being his good and moral side while the persona of
Mr. Hyde is the evil and instinctual side hat carries out his long withheld desires that are not
deemed appropriate by the public.

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1) Dr. Jekyla large, well-made, smooth-faced man of fifty, with something of a sly
cast perhaps, but every mark of capacity and kindness, (Stevenson, 12)
2) through his brutish physical insensibility and insensate readiness to evil, which
were leading characters of Edward Hyde, (Stevenson, 49).
III. As stated in Stevensons, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, we
exist in, a profound duplicity of life(and the) provinces of good and ill which divide and
compound mans dual nature, (Stevenson, 42).
1) Definition of duality
2) The good and bad sides within us, help us to live life to our full potential, one side
cannot successfully prosper without the other.
3) As depicted in Stevensons novel, neither Dr. Jekyl nor Mr. Hyde could stand without
the other.
4) In an attempt to live two separate lives, the struggle for power held by both personas
led to the ultimate dismay of the existence of both men.
IV. On the opposite side of the spectrum, many people would argue that simply living their lives
being either entirely good or entirely bad is the best solution.
1) If we choose to always be good, bad things will never happen
2) If Hyde did not exist, little girl would not have gotten trampled/man would not have
gotten killed
3) Although an ideal solution would be for the positive side of us to always prosper, we
do not live in an ideal world with perfect circumstances leading to difficult situations
that in turn will test our character.

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V. As depicted in Stevensons, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, neither Dr.Jekyl nor
Mr.Hyde could successfully stand-alone.
1) Dr. Jekyl needed Hyde to live out desires and maintain professional stance in society
2) Mr. Hyde would have gotten into too much trouble and eventually punished by society
if he couldnt hide within Dr. Jekyl
3) Once Dr.Jekyl no longer wanted Hyde to appear and tried to repress, Hyde came out
even more and was even stronger at some points than Dr. Jekyl
4) In an attempt to suppress his unfavorable side of Mr. Hyde entirely, Dr.Jekyl lost the
control he once held allowing the bad to take control whenever he pleased
VI. Exercising extreme control in allowing both sides of ourselves to freely live within us,
prevents either from wanting more control over the other.
1) Nor can I say that I wearied of this beneficent and innocent life; I think instead that I
daily enjoyed it more completely; but I was still cursed with my duality of purpose;
and as the first edge of my penitence wore off, the lower side of me, so long
indulged, so recently chained down, began to growl for license, (Stevenson, 50).
2) When we allow both sides to prosper evenly, we exercise learning the proper
situations to expose either good or bad sides or ourselves and in turn do not risk the
chance of one character overpowering the other.