“It was on the moral side, and in myown person, that I learned to recognize the thorough and primitive duality ofman; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the fields of myconsciousness…” tried to convey that Mr. Hyde was a separate person, but Dr.Jekyll could not fool everyone (Stevenson 122/161). Dr. Jekyll used Mr. Hyde asa scapegoat for his crimes. Many criminals can be found to be alike to Dr.
Jekyll because most of them have their own Mr. Hyde, internally. One criminalin particular is very easy to compare Dr. Jekyll and Ted Kaczynski, theUnabomber. Ted Kaczynski’s had many events thatoccurred throughout his life that helped form the terror of the Unabomber. As ababy, he was isolated because of an allergic reaction to some medication. Hisparents noticed a small personality change after he came back.
In school, hewas a very intelligent student and skipped two grades and at sixteen, Kaczynskireceived a scholarship to Harvard University, where he studied mathematics. Peoplealways saw him as different and weird because of his intelligence. There he waspart of a psychological experiment in which participants were verbally abused.After graduating, he got his doctorate from the University of Michigan. He waspraised there and he, also, taught some classes there. Then, he went west toteach at the University of California, Berkeley.
He had a difficult time thereso he resigned and moved to Montana to live in the wilderness. In 1978, hemoved back to Chicago to work with his brother, but he ended up getting fired. After all this, he could not stand societyanymore so he began his bombing spree.
This how he felt about our society,”Imagine a society that subjects people to conditions that make them terriblyunhappy…” (Industrial Society and Its Future). So they have a few similarcharacteristics. Dr. Jekyll and Ted Kaczynski were both smart; they both haddoctorate degrees. Arguably, they both had success in their fields and wherewell-known there. After they were caught, they both were suicidal. Dr. Jekyllwas able to kill himself, but Kaczynski was not.
Some evidence to back this upfrom Sasponsik “The final suicide is thus fittingly a dual effort: though thehand that administers the poison is Edward Hyde’s, it is Henry Jekyll whoforces the action” (724). These attributes caused people who were close to themto stop talking to them. For Dr. Jekyll this person was Dr.
Lanyon and forKaczynski it was his brother David. Their actions were very similar as well. Theyboth committed crimes against innocent people.
Dr. Jekyll did it as Mr. Hyde,while Kaczynski did it through packaged bombs. This shows that they both caredabout their reputations because if Kaczynski did not care about his reputationhe would just go to these buildings and shoot everyone. In addition, they were both cruel andruthless and as time passed there violence got worse.
For instance, Mr. Hydestarted by hurting a little girl to murdering Mr. Carew, just as Kaczynskibegan with small bombs that just injured people, but later on his bombs becamestronger and he, eventually, killed someone. Therefore, Ted Kaczynski and Dr. Jekyllwere very alike. They both committed violence against innocent people. Eventhough they did these horrible things, they still thought it was important toprotect their reputations.
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