Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


Why is the ending of the novel important?

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The ending reveals that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are in fact the same person. This would have been a startling revelation to Victorian era audiences. It meant that people had a dark side. Is a separation between dark and light possible? Also there is something tantalizing about indulging in one's dark side free from morals and the constraints of society. Behind people's smile, is there something more sinister? This story reminds us that people may be capable of more than meets the eye.