Sibling Rivalry

Robert Louis Stevenson was fascinated with the good and evil in human nature.  In perhaps his most famous work, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, he portrayed good and evil in man using chemically-induced split personalities.  Later, in The Master of Ballantrae, he used sibling rivalry to deal with similar issues.  Unlike the earlier work, however, this novel pictured the brothers as opposites, yet at the same time showed both as mixtures of good and evil.  In the process, he wove in an adventure tale based in Scottish history and incorporated gothic elements in one of the strangest endings in nineteenth-century literature.  What some critics consider Stevenson’s most serious novel is the most recent addition to my literature website.