• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

'Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde' has a theme of contrast between goodness and evil that runs throughout the story. Stevenson has used various ways in order to communicate this idea to his readers.

Extracts from this document...


'Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde' has a theme of contrast between goodness and evil that runs throughout the story. Stevenson has used various ways in order to communicate this idea to his readers. The first case, although more subtle than many of the others, is in the names of the characters in the title; the word 'Dr.' has connotations attached to it which suggest that Jekyll is a well-mannered, civilized man whereas Mr. Hyde might not have the same nature, as is implied by ...'Hyde' could be as in 'animal hide'- something for him to cover himself away in. Already we can see the theme building up from this title. ...read more.


There seem to be mysteries and secrets Stevenson's description of nature adds to the tension, such as the 'premature twilight', ominous- warning? Preparation, like a film. Atmosphere ade more exciting, desolation destructive nature of "the biting weather, the thin trees in the garden were lashing themselves along the railing The atmosphere is builded up when pool tries to look for the intruder.the tention is builded up. Hyde is very uncilvilized and we do not expect what comes next, a kind of pause in the dramaticaction of the scene Mr hyde is shrouded in mystery Stevenson creates atmosphere of goodness and evil by his descriptionsof nature... ...read more.


Could refer to something monsterous. Reactions- 'the hair stood upon my head like quills. Towards the end of the story, Hyde gets stronger as Jekyll struggles more and more to fight this character off.Jekyll weaker. Visible in his appearance "had grown pale; his flesh had fallen away; he was visibly balder, appeared scared and worried Theme of animal imagery develops, Jekyll is a rat, hyde is a hissing serpant Poole says, "when that masked thing like a monkey" links to the ape-like fury More door imagery is used, cobwebs- gothic feel Stevenson mentions the old dissecting room because of macabre- deals with death In the paragraph of chapter two there is the interplay of good and evil, civilization v. primitive troglodyte In lanyon's narrative we find out that hyde's touch caused, :a certain icy pang along my blood I could hear his teeth grate ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Robert Louis Stevenson section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Robert Louis Stevenson essays

  1. Explore the range of narrative techniques used in Jekyll and Hyde

    and Utterson, traditionally Jekyll would have been the hero and Hyde would have been the anti-hero. However we see in the latter of the novel that this certainly isn't the case. At the start of the novel the contrast is clearly shown; with Hyde being described inhumane; "...like some damned Juggernaut...

  2. With particular reference to the construction of Mr Hyde, discuss how portrayal of the ...

    in his own "greed" that he chooses to watch Lanyon drink the potion. Jekyll is obviously proud of his scientific achievement, and teases Lanyon that he has "denied the virtue of transcendental medicine" and ridiculed his "superiors" (by whom he is referring to himself), and readers know that something amazing

  1. How do you think that Stevenson wishes us to judge Dr Jekyll's experiments concerning ...

    He fulfilled his 'pleasures' (which are unspecified), and soon the pleasures turned from 'undignified' to 'monstrous'. When Jekyll remembered what he had done whilst in Hyde's body he is 'aghast' at himself. He refers to Hyde as 'me' therefore showing that he is responsible because he did it.

  2. Consider atmosphere and setting in the 19th century stories you have read, and discuss ...

    much around the Victorian era, it is based on body snatching which was largely "popular" in the 19th Century, and was in great need for medical reasons and research. Stevenson begins by setting the seen and introducing characters. The first paragraph of the story seems very cozy and a regular

  1. Explore the Significance of the Character Edward Hyde and the Way he is perceived ...

    no one knows what is going to happen next because everyone has been shocked from the things that have happened already. The book is also very secretive and no ones knows much about what is happening at other places and times until at the end of the novel.

  2. "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde." - review

    By keeping these secrets, Stevenson portrays a double life lurking inside Utterson aswell. Jekyll desires to separate the two personalities of man, however he does not tell anybody due to the fact that people may think that he is trying to play God.

  1. Explore Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and the Body Snatchers as both gothic ...

    This description compares the characters actions to animals desecrating corpses, it is descriptive of what they are about to do, which reflects the bestial nature of a man. The movements of Mcfarlane reflect his bestial nature, 'dart like a serpent', Stevenson's use of similes create both atmosphere and clear images of the characters involving the reader.

  2. Discuss how Stevenson uses descriptive passages to evoke a mood of horror in The ...

    He is very kind and generous to his friends. In the novel, Jekyll is described: "To this rule, Dr. Jekyll was no exception; and as he now sat on the opposite side of the fire-a large, well-made, smooth-faced man of fifty, with something of a slyish cast perhaps, but every

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work