The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, by Robert Stevenson, follows Gabriel John Utterson a lawyer who is attempting to help his friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and figure out the connection his friend has to the evil Edward Hyde.
Though, Utterson does struggle throughout the short story to figure out the mystery: the conclusion doesn’t seem like something believable to the lawyer. The conclusion comes out in a confession from Jekyll, which concludes that Hyde is the personification of the evil that Jekyll fought against during his life. Jekyll admits that he almost becomes addicted to becoming Hyde, and one day decides to stop allowing himself to become Hyde and lives his life as he normally had before he concocted the potion.
But, the cold turkey approach is quickly forgotten when Jekyll goes through a number of uncontrollably changes: actually needing the potion to turn himself back into Jekyll. Until one change that no potion will work for, which leaves Jekyll in the appearance of Hyde who is a wanted man for murder.
Though, there have been many after it: this story was what introduced people to the idea of split personalities. Giving evil not only a form: but a human presence that someone can turn into is an idea that people have embraced but didn’t really embrace when the book was written.
I believe that this short story not only paved the way for the horror genre, but was the inspirations for some of my favourite books. It was a story I would encourage others to pick up and read if they have the chance, and to add to their libraries.