The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde endures today for one reason.
The duality of man.
There’s a Hyde within us all and very thin line of chemicals in our brains keep him at bay. I think the story is still so widely popular because of our voyeuristic natures; We get to look at what our own Hyde may do. It allows us to indulge in our deepest, darkest, and most depraved fantasies while never daring to act upon them. The story gives us license to close our eyes and imagine what it would feel like to detach ourselves from socially unacceptable behaviors under the guise of “it’s just a story”. By compartmentalizing the two distinct personalities, we’re able to justify that we have those desires, but are emotionally reinforced by the fact that we don’t act upon them. What we present to the world is our own version of Jekyll, meanwhile our Hyde is locked safely away in the corner of our imagination, never allowed to see sunlight.