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Explore the Significance of the Character Edward Hyde and the Way he is perceived by Readers in Dr

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Explore the Significance of the Character Edward Hyde and the Way he is perceived by Readers in Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde In 1859, when the book was written class and religion was very important to the Victorians. People were given more respect if they were higher class. Hyde represents a very low class and doesn't have a lot of admiration from other people. Hyde has a house in Soho and always uses the back door leading to Dr. Jekyll's laboratory because Jekyll is ashamed of him and doesn't want anyone to connect Hyde to himself because he does not want to damage his reputation. The front door symbolises that this is what he wants people to think of him, that's why he does not use it with Hyde because he is seen as a monster. Hyde would be seen by the Victorian audience as evil and devilish, he is described as 'a gust of devilish fury', and people would be scared of him because of his deformity and the way he looks. ...read more.

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Stevenson uses a lot of techniques to make Hyde seem so evil and repugnant to the readers. A lot of these are use of language such as similes, metaphors and alliteration. An example of alliteration used to describe Hyde is 'spawn of Satan'; this links Hyde to the devil and evil. Stevenson also uses symbolism and pathetic fallacies to make Hyde seem so evil to the readers. The use of fog is used often to symbolise mystery and also is mentioned just before something bad is going to happen, for example just before he runs into the little girl in the street the narrator mentions the foggy weather, the same thing happens just before he murdered Sir Danvers Carew. Hyde shows us that evil can take over someone without them realising it. Hyde picks on weak people as victims and Jekyll has no control over Hyde at the end. He uses his strength in both attacks that we know about on innocent, vulnerable people that stood no chance in defending themselves for example when My Hyde attacked Sir savers Carew the maid described Carew as 'innocent and old-world kindness disposition' this tells us that Carew didn't do anything wrong to deserve it.. ...read more.

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Stevenson refers to Darwin's theory because it wasn't fully believed in the time the novel was written. The audience would have been shocked for Hyde to have been described that way. As a modern reader I have different views on Hyde and perceive him in a different way to the Victorians. I still see Hyde as an evil person but he doesn't have a very big impact on me because I am used to things like this, unlike the Victorians who had rarely seen or spoken about such things before. I think all of us have evil inside of us but only if we keep it locked up inside of us and do not admit that we have any it starts to get the better of us and takes over, slowly after time it starts making choices that we do not really want to make and we react differently to normal and do things maybe we should not do. Stevenson creates Hyde to show the audience that everyone has evil inside of them but not everyone uses it and keeps it shut away from the world and surroundings. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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