Stevenson: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeDownload PDF MOBi EPUB Kindle
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A traditional horror story would either be a super natural In this novel Stevenson's characters, Jekyll and Hyde, are stereotypes of people who are 'good' and 'evil'.
The central section of the novel is a short account written by a friend of Dr Jekyll's who gives his eye-witness account of Dr Jekyll's change from human to monster. The link between Jekyll and Hyde is for the first time established two-thirds of the way through the book.
This technique is especially effective in that this eye-witness account is explained in Dr Lanyon's own words in the first person narrative. This way despite the horror, because it is seen through his friend's eyes, our sympathies remain with Dr Jekyll and we remain curious to find out what will happen next.
The final section is Dr Jekyll's own statement written before Mr Hyde takes him over completely. It takes the form of a letter written in the first person by Dr Jekyll himself.
For example, the front entrance of Dr Jekyll’s house is traditionally Victorian, but the back entrance, used by the troglodytic character of Hyde, is depicted to have ‘marks of prolonged and sordid negligence’, representing the dishonourable actions taking place inside the house....
Things go from bad to worse: Jekyll withdraws further from his social circle; Hyde's criminal sprees culminate in murder; and Utteron and Lanyon fight to save their friend and unravel the mystery of Hyde's origins and disappearance.
The tale's popularity was such that "Jekyll and Hyde" is common shorthand for split personality and the duality of human nature Stevenson's tale explores.
Jarvis's pacing is excellent, his characterization spot on, and his renditions of Jekyll and Hyde perfect; he creates two distinct characters that illustrate the story's exploration into the duality of human nature.
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A stellar reading of the horror classic One of Stevenson's best-selling works, the story follows a London lawyer investigating strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the misanthropic Mr Hyde.
Jekyll was the embodiment of success but like any bourgeois man struggled desires that violated the strict social mores and taboos of the Victorian age (Cohen 2).
The character of Mr Hyde was created after Dr Jekyll created a special chemical solution which he drank, subsequently transforming himself into this different creature....
Jekyll, describes him as, “a large, well-made, smooth-faced man of fifty, with something of a stylish cast perhaps, but every mark of capacity and kindness—you could see by his looks that he cherished for Mr.
The focus of the text is concentrated on the issue of Jekyll and Hyde’s personality which was described as someone who lived a double life of outward sanctity and secret iniquity....
Through the curiosity of Utterson, a lawyer, we learn of the ugly and violent Mr Hyde and his odd connection to the respectable Dr Jekyll who pays out a cheque for Hyde's despicable behaviour....