Biografia


Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edimburgh in 1850. He spent much of his time in bed because was sick of tubercolosis. He travelled in Germany, France, Italy and in England and he took up engineering at university, following in his father's footsteps. Stevenson was the firs examples of a "bohemian": people of bourgeos family that prefered lived with the poor.
He settled in Samoa with is wife. Was famous for his novels: "Treasure Island", "The strange case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde" and "The Master of Ballantrae". He died in 1894.

The strange case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde

Stevenson wrote "The strange case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde" to make a report on London, that is diveded into two parts. The protagonist is a man divided against himself: Jekyll, that is a respectable being, lives in the north part of London and Hyde, that is a evil genius, is the one who commits murder, abuse and violence that lived in the south part of London.
These two beings are in a perpetual struggle. Jekyll drinks a potion in ever increasing quantities and in the moment he starts drinking every day, Hyde takes over. Jekill had two choices: live in a life of crime or eliminate Hyde killing himself. Jekyll suicide is the final choise.

Double or doppelganger

Stevenson use this tecnique means that man is not only what he seems but has a side that doesn't appear. The "Double or doppelganger" is a second self or alter ego.
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