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Discuss Robert Louis Stevenson's View On Man And The Nature Of His Society - Show How He Reveals This Through The Use Of His Themes, Characters And Language.

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Discuss Robert Louis Stevenson's View On Man And The Nature Of His Society. Show How He Reveals This Through The Use Of His Themes, Characters And Language. Robert Louis Stevenson gives a lot of examples on his view of man in the use of characters. Stevenson shows his views of the middle class in the character Mr Utterson. Utterson is the model of Victorian times and this is shown as people of the community turn to him for advice and also trust him. With Dr Jekyll being himself and Mr Hyde, this demonstrates that man has two sides to them, both good and bad in Stevenson's view. Hyde brings out the bad by killing man but Jekyll shows the good in man by helping people. However, Jekyll is obviously a good man but because he is leading two lives, the second life affects him slightly. Hence it came about that I concealed my pleasures; and that when I reached years of reflection, and began to look round me and take stock of my progress and position in the world, I stood already committed to a profound duplicity of life. ...read more.

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Dr Jekyll is also very weiry on talking about Mr Hyde. Mr Utterson brings it up and Dr Jekyll says 'This is a matter I thought we had agreed to drop.' So whenever someone talks to him about Hyde, he is very quick in trying to change the subject and not talk about him. This shows that he is hiding something and is being very careful in what he says (secretive). Robert Louis Stevenson doesn't mention anything about the charaters bringing up. The characters may have no parents and no friends and the story doesn't back anything up. Throughout the story though we are given clues in weather the characters are well known, popular and sly. We are given a brief description of some characters when they are first introduced and pick up extra bits as the story persues. Mr Utterson's description is, 'Mr Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary, and yet somehow lovable. ...read more.

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No doubt the feat was easy to Mr. Utterson; for he was undemonstrative at the best, and even his friendships seemed to be founded in a similar catholicity of good-nature. It is the mark of a modest man to accept his friendly circle ready made from the hands of opportunity; and that was the lawyer's way. His friends were those of his own blood, or those whom he had known the longest; his affections, like ivy, were the growth of time, they implied no aptness in the object. Hence, no doubt, the bond that united him to Mr. Richard Enfield, his distant kinsman, the well-known man about town. It was a nut to crack for many, what these two could see in each other, or what subject they could find in common. It was reported by those who encountered them in their Sunday walks, that they said nothing, looked singularly dull, and would hail with obvious relief the appearance of a friend. For all that, the two men put the greatest store by these excursions, counted them the chief jewel of each week, and not only set aside occasions of pleasure, but even resisted the calls of business, that they might enjoy them uninterrupted.' Andrew Walker 11H English Coursework ...read more.

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