Bernadette Vs. Jekyll and Hyde

According to Webster’s dictionary, sympathy is defined as, “the feeling that you care about and are sorry about someone else’s trouble, grief, misfortune.” Sympathy is given all over the world every day for many different reasons. Sympathy is provided for people through mourning, illness, or unfortunate events. Societies’ standards cause people to be more sympathetic or less sympathetic to different situations. For example, there is difference in how sympathy is given between “Where’d You Go Bernadette,” and “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Because of the way the two authors present their character’s confessions, the readers are left to decide whether they give the character sympathy or if they deserve the resulting misfortunes. When comparing Robert Louis Stevenson and Maria Semple’s stories, there are many differences between the two stories, but sympathy is a common element in both. Bernadette receives sympathy because Semple informs the reader of Bernadette’s past struggles, whereas Jekyll’s sympathy is absent because Jekyll knew when he was about to cause danger.

When reading through “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” many would believe sympathy would be given to Mr. Hyde as he is immediately judged and called ugly, but this is not the case. In chapter 2, Mr. Utterson believes that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are two different people, but Robert Stevenson unleashes the odd tale of how Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are within one person.

A clue that helps Mr. Utterson is the slight difference in handwriting between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll is the main body and Mr. Hyde is his alter ego who commits crimes and brutal activities. For example, Dr. Jekyll states, “I purchased at once, from the firm of wholesale chemists, a large quantity of a particular salt, which I knew, from my experiments, to be the last ingredient required” (Jekyll and Hyde 44).Usually, multiple perso…