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Discuss the insight which 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' gives the reader into Victorian society.

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English course work: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Discuss the insight which 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' gives the reader into Victorian society.

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'The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' gives an insight into Victorian society because they address some key characteristics which can be attributed to Victorian society, for example the supernatural, the fog, Victorian buildings and finally the advances in science which the Victorian society feared. This paper will now address these issues in more detail.

'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' was written in 1886 by Robert Luis Stevenson when he was thirty-six years old. The structure of this novel is unique in that it is not cast entirely as a first-person narration, it could have been possible to tell the story in the manner of a confession from Jekyll's point of view. Robert Louis Stevenson uses multiple narrators to give the effect of different points of view.

The story shows three different genres, detective story, horror story and gothic novella. Gothic novella became a very popular genre as other gothic novellas were written at this time, including 'Dracula' and 'Frankenstein'. The reasons gothic novellas became increasingly popular within

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