This essay is going to define earnestness based on the novel “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson. It highlights the depiction and importance sincerity is in the strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
According to the novel, earnestness is a state of having and showing an honest nature. Dr. Jekyll at the beginning maintains who he is to society. He appears like a trustworthy man who spends time in a laboratory. Dr. Jekyll tried in his first years to control his life to remain truthful to his people. Mr. Hyde admits they have a familiar friend with Mr. Utterson, the lawyer. When Mr. Hyde says, “I did not think you would have lied,” he was referring to the Jekyll admitting that he is friends with both the lawyer and Mr. Hyden. During their investigation, Mr. Utterson questioned the servant whether Dr. Jekyll is from home and he replies, “quite right, Mr. Utterson.” In this case, the servant is quite honest about the doctor’s presence.
In conclusion, earnestness is portrayed in two scenarios in this discussion. First, Mr. Hyde is honest about their friendship with the lawyer. Secondly, the servant is honest about his master and do not know anything beyond his nature.