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AS and A Level: Robert Louis Stevenson
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Another thing that Stevenson referred to is the Faust legend from the fifteenth century. Dr Jekyll gives Dr Lanyon a choice, very much similar to Faust's. Faust drove himself so hard that the Devil appeared and gave him the choice, to stay normal and behold the restrictions of humanity, or he could have all the power and knowledge that he ever wanted, but at a price. At the end of twenty-four years Faust would lose his soul to the Devil.
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The quotation explains that, although the by street did once look nice and well cared for it is now old looking and decayed. The setting in this part of the book can be compared to the gargoyles on the buildings in the Hunch Back of Notre Dame. Now I will consider the element of character. In gothic narratives it is not all about what they do, it is how the author describes them. The comparison that pops to my mind when I think of a gothic character is a big, shadowy, ugly, evil, killing monster, just like Hyde!
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Many other such novels were produced in this tradition, including other works by Stevenson, such as "The Body Snatchers" and "Olalla." From the very start this story was noticed to be different from other such novels, far more subtle, disturbing and complex in some ways, whilst when it is stripped to the basics it is just about the conflict between good and evil, a concept almost as old as time. I will now begin to compare aspects of this book with other famous works of Gothic and horror fiction.
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Discuss Stevenson's representation of evil and the concept of duality in 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'. How was Stevenson influenced by the concerns of his Era?
I am led to believe this as his nurse used to scare him greatly with threats about what god would do to him if he didn't do the moral thing. When Jekyll and Hyde was written, Gothic literature was very popular. Stevenson may have been influenced by the book Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley, as this uses a lot of gothic terminology this type of literature is still popular today and has had many famous Gothic novels preceeding this. "I held the corpse of my dead mother in my hand" This is a very strong use of gothic language.
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How effectively does Stevenson create a sense of horror through his descriptions of settings and characters in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?
The Setting in the novella is mostly in fog, dark grim and dangerous conditions. This can relate to Stevenson's real life experiences when he used to walk home in the dark in the old town of Edinburgh that was also very derelict and also dangerous. The idea of using potions could have come from before he wrote the novella when he was very poorly with three days of haemorrhaging and nightmares, he was surrounded with lots of bottles for medicine also the curtains would have been rarely opened as he was spending all of the day in his bed.
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Stevenson writes the story so that the beginning is at the end of the story. He writes the story so that the storyteller tells he story like the narrator is a watcher over Fettes and Macfarlane and also a listener in the inn. Fettes was a student at a medical school of Anatomy in Edinburgh. Macfarlane was another student in the same medical school. When Fettes hears that Macfarlane is in the inn, Fettes jumps up in shook. 'Fettes became instantly sober: his eyes awoke.'
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The architecture used is what best defines Gothic, by this is what starts the movement. The two basic elements of the architecture are the pointed arches and the vaults made of many pointed arches. If Romanesque art is a classic art, the Gothic for me would be considered an extravagant, passionate, and romantic art. For that reason I believe that it is one of the favorites in the 19th century. The Gothic architecture is much more complicated than the Romanesque, this is probably because the period was full of religious competition and very fine materials.
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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.
Already we can see the theme building up from this title. There are many images of darkness and light throughout the story. The effect of this is that it emphasizes the theme of goodness and evil and helps to construct Imagery- concentrates on jekylls home Hyde, his name 'hide' impression of deformity, murderous mixture of timidity and boldness Like some damned juggernaut, a very big lorry But why?? Colour imagery of red- danger, blood Mentions the baize on the door twice- danger is coming! In the main characters, Stevenson uses physical appearance as a tool for getting across the distinction of good and evil: for instance, Hyde's pale and dwarfish, with
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The genre of the book is 'gothic horror and fiction'. The elements of gothic in it are the horror, super natural and the mystery. It also has a dark and very gloomy setting and it talks about the smog lying very low on the floor. "For a moment, the fog would be quite broken up, and a haggered shaft of daylight would glance in between the swirling wreaths." This is gothic because it is quite mysterious and spooky. This could appeal to many people because this is like real life with the smog coming under the door.
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In his statement of veto of the "Cat Bill," Governor Stevenson manifests sarcastic diction to appeal to common sense and knowledge, and uses examples of personification and dramatization to craft his effective argument ridiculing the bill.
He uses subtle mockery by portraying cats as innocent and attributing their roaming behavior as a part of their nature. He depicts the cats to be naturally unbounded and indicates the absurdity of an owner trying to domestic them to the degree of escorting them on a leash.
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Whereas authors such as R. L. Stevenson and Angela Carter used what we refer to as normal sentence length, and irregular patterns of paragraph length. An example of this is in 'Jekyll and Hyde', (R. L. Stevenson), there is a paragraph that is one page long. The name gothic initially came from a style of architecture that dates as far back as medieval times. The menacing looks of gothic architecture make it well known. An example of gothic architecture is shown in many arches, as arches from the gothic period are known for their pointed peak.
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Inhabited by tramps and used as a shop by children as if abandoned "and for close on a generation no one had appeared to drive away these random visitors or to repair their ravages." Mr Enfield's account starts of in a mysterious way as he tells us that it was three o'clock of a 'black winter's morning' when nobody is awake and everyone is inside for the cold and that he was walking through a part of town where "there was literally nothing to be seen but lamps."
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Second we have the Speyer Cathedral it's a "German Romanesque Architecture. Its similar to St Pantaleon's. In Tuscany you have the Pisa Cathedral. It is one of the most famous architectures there , The leaning tower's poor foundation, history brings the fortune of the matter. The Pisa has a very classical Heritage if you compare it with the S. Apollinare in Ravenna its clear they are very similar in scale and shape.
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