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'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.

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'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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

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