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Consider How Stevenson Uses Language To Explore Themes of Double Personality

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Wednesday 28th March 2007 Consider how Stevenson uses language to explore themes of double personality, secrecy and hypocrisy in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Stevenson wrote Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde because he needed the money, he had no idea how successful and famous his book would become. Every time you read this something else helps you discovered a new interpretation. Stevenson's technique of writing was very wordy in his other books Treasure Island and Kidnapped there is lots of detailed explanations and descriptions. Freud had a theory about repressed feelings, which has a strong link with the book. Stevenson writes his book in the third person. However in the final chapters, revelatory chapters, Jekyll takes over the narrative and answers all the questions we may have, but some are left unanswered like how he died. Jekyll's double personality allows him to let go of his inhibitions and be who he sub-consciously wants to be. Stevenson describes Jekyll's actions and how Victorian society disallows him to openly express his true feelings in a very meticulous way but ...read more.


The sensations he experienced that were bad were mainly physical changes and the good things were emotional. Lots of the things written about in the book have double meanings or are not what they seem. For example Jekyll's house, it is split into two separate parts. The front is neat and shiny but the back where his laboratory is, is all dilapidated and rundown. This, in my opinion, represents the double side of Jekyll's personality, there is the real Jekyll who is a respectable doctor and there is the derelict half, which is where Hyde lies in a bottle waiting for Jekyll to release him. The story is set in the back streets of London to make the story even more thrilling because if it is set in an actual place it seems more realistic the weather here always seem to be wet and windy. This is a use of pathetic fallacy where the wind has taken on the feelings and emotions of; I would say, Jekyll's emotional turmoil. ...read more.


This is an excellent technique to use, it creates suspense and anticipation because the only way you can find out what happened is if someone tells you and as the book is in the third person there is no way of finding out unless Stevenson had written it as it happened but that would not have been very interesting. Another reason for Stevenson revealing all the answers may have been because of the pressures of writing in the Victorian era where all feelings were repressed and not shown. So a reason for Jekyll and Hyde's death not being exposed might have been because it wasn't the sort of thing to be published in those days it was too impulsive. This book could have been an escape for Stevenson, Jekyll has deep desires, which he can only express through Hyde, and Stevenson could be expressing his thoughts about society through the Jekyll and the book. In conclusion all the themes and genres are linked it would be hard to place this book in one category, all the themes work together to make a book full of secrets. ...read more.

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