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Compare the way Stevenson presents the two transformation scenes The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was written at the end of the nineteenth century by Robert Louis Stevenson. This book is based on a dry London lawyer Mr. Ulterson, who peruses the last will of his old friend Henry Jekyll and his suspicions are aroused. Dr. Jekyll becomes the evil Edward Hyde who ends up murdering the distinguished MP, Sir Danvers Carew. The story is based in the nocturnal streets of London and culminates in some dreadful revelations. The story is mainly based on two different transformation scenes that show two different sides, good and evil of Dr. Jekyll. The first transformation scene is told by Dr. Lanyon whereas the second scene is told by Dr. Jekyll. Both scenes are seen to contain letters, which are both opened and read by Mr. Utterson. The first description tells us about the last transformation ever whereas the second description tells us about the first. In the first description we see Dr. Lanyon describing what happened when he received a letter from Dr. Jekyll asking him to go to Dr. ...read more.


I screamed, and O God again', Show that Lanyon is terrified to see what he has never seen before; he did not expect this. The effects of this on Dr. Lanyon are that it changed his life completely. Dr. Lanyon's life is so totally shaken by that event, that he can no longer sleep through the thought of terror. Dr. Lanyon is seen to be so terrified at all times of day and night, that his mind can hardly function properly, 'terror sits by me at all hours of day and night'. Dr. Lanyon's life is overtaken by terror. As a result of this Dr. Lanyon died, ' I feel that my days are numbered, and that I must die'. The second transformation scene is a flash back in the letter written by Dr. Jekyll, telling of the first time he took the potion. Dr. Jekyll hesitates before taking the potion because he knew he was risking his life. He had never tried the potion before and does not know the effects this could cause to him. As Dr. Jekyll mixes the potion he watches the chemicals fizz and boil and release gasses out of the glass and in to the air. ...read more.


This was frightening to the Victorians, as they were very religious and believed in the holy book. When Dr. Jekyll transforms in to Mr. Hyde he becomes more ape like. Hair forms on his hands, he's smaller in posture. The Victorians had never seen anything like this before and it shocks them when this seems to agree with Darwins idea of evolution. When Stevenson wrote this book corruption in society at this time was high, Stevenson was one of the many who led a double life. Stevenson was a very respectable law student who had two very different life styles. By day he was a respectable student studying law by night Stevenson would become caught up in the life style of those criminals and prostitutes. This is seen to be similar to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll is first seen to be a good respectable man, but after transforming he is seen to be pure evil. The transformation in the second extract interested me because of the many ways, which Stevenson presented his terrifying use of verbs to show the effects on Mr. Hyde from the first time he took the potion. This transformation shows the slow trap of pain, which Dr. Jekyll goes through after taking this terrifying substance, which changed his personality. ...read more.

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