Robert Louis Stevenson and Darwinism Essay by Master Researcher

An analysis of the influence of the theories of Charles Darwin on Robert Louis Stevenson.
# 85652 | 1,125 words | 5 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Literature (English) , Anthropology (General)

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Novelist, poet, and writer Robert Louis Stevenson, was born November 13, 1850, Edinburgh, Scotland.  He published several famous works that are still highly-regarded and popular today.  One of these, "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde", is perhaps Stevenson's most famous work.  In honor of this great writer, paper #85652, "The Influence of Darwin’s Theories on Robert Louis Stevenson’s "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde"", was chosen as this week's Paper of the Week on AcaDemon.  In this paper, through an examination of the influence that Darwinism had on this work, the paper presents a fascinating and unique analysis of Stevenson's famous work.  The paper posits that Stevenson's frequent allusion to apes and creatures makes the influence of Darwinism on this story and on Stevenson himself, abundantly clear.  This contention is supported with a variety of quotes from the paper.  Paper #85652 is a very interesting analysis of a famous piece of literature and thus adds insight and understanding to one of Stevenson's greatest works.


This paper examines how Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" was first published in 1886 and how a popular belief in evolution had been growing through much of that century, and had been formalized by Charles Robert Darwin in his 1859 publication, "Origin of Species" ("Evolution"). This paper argues that Darwinism (as it came to be known) had a great influence on Stevenson, and that his character Hyde represents primitive man, or even the primates from which man evolved.

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