This falls pretty high on my list of pet-peeves. Rant ahead.
The original tale of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Mr. Edward Hyde was a spectacular study on the dichotomy of good and evil as it pertains to humanity. We all know the story, but more often than not our biggest misconception is that Hyde is a monster in anything other than a metaphorical sense. Confusion tends to arise around the description of Hyde as being unpleasant to look at, grotesquely disfigured and possessed of monstrous strength.
Jekyll and Hyde are physically the same person, but where one is a pure and innocent soul having separated all of his evil desires, the other embodies those evil drives completely, the idea being that ones personality is reflected in ones face, and that the extreme division in Jekyll and Hyde makes it impossible to recognise one as the other. (more…)