Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde



Frankenstein’s use of galvanism, a new form of electrical research. One of the main points of using galvanism in the novel was because scientists were able to make the legs of dead frogs twitch by running an electrical current through the neurons. In the novel, Dr. Frankenstein creates the creature by using galvanism and dead body parts that were dug up from graves. Due to Dr. Frankenstein’s carelessness with the creature, the creature runs free where it is rejected by humanity (Shelley). Therefore, it tried to take revenge on its creator because of this rejection, representing the evil that technology and science had created. In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the good Dr. Jekyll was a well-repudiated scientist who was experimenting with the consciousness. He created a formula that brought out the dark aspect of his human side. As the story progressed, he began to loose more and more control over the primal inner human inside of him. This created the dual personality of Dr. Jekyll and the personality that referred itself as Mr. Hyde. The experimental formula became Dr. Jekyll’s only defense against Mr. Hyde. When Mr. Hyde was released, he wreaked havoc on the city through disruption and murder. Ultimately in the end, the personality of Dr. Jekyll was taken over by his dark personality, Mr. Hyde. In addition, this showed however the noble intentions of science are, that tampering with science can have unforeseen negative consequences (Stevenson).