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Dr. Henry Jekyll

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Dr. Henry Jekyll A respected physician and chemist, who is well known for his dinner parties, we first meet Jekyll in the third chapter. " Dr. Jekyll was quite at ease" in which he is described as 'a large well-made, smoothed faced man of fifty, with something of a slyish cast perhaps, but every mark of capacity and kindness'. This is typical of the author's economical style through which, using few words he can reveal the many layers of a characters personality. Notice that the doctors 'smoothed face' seeming to present an inscrutable exterior and therefore an air of mystery. The phrase 'a slyish cast' opens a crack in this polished facade through which the reader begins to see his true nature. We are reminded here of Poole's description later in the novel as he describes the Jekyll/Hyde double in the laboratory as having 'a mask upon his face.' Also, in the chapter of 'The Carew Murder Case' the silvery haired old woman' at Hyde's room is described as having 'an evil face, smoothed by hypocrisy.' ...read more.


Jekyll's fascination with his "other" self became so obsessive that he was finally no longer able to control the metamorphosis process and Edward Hyde began appearing whenever he wanted to and not at the command of Dr. Jekyll. Jekyll became, therefore, a frightened recluse, trying desperately to control Hyde but successively failing, especially benefit he would dose off. Finally crazed by anxiety and the lack of asleep he hears Utterson and Poole, his butler, breaking down his private study door and in desperation he commits suicide, but just as he loses consciousness, Hyde appears and it is the writhing body of the dying Hyde which Utterson and Poole discover. Mr. Hyde Hyde, as his name indicates, represents the fleshy aspect of man which the Victorians felt the need to "hide"-as Utterson once punned on his name "Well, if he is Mr. Hyde, I will be Mr. Seek" Hyde clearly represents the beast in man and is described in a number of animalistic images. When Utterson confronts him he's described as hissing like a cornered snake. ...read more.


He speech is different from the other characters. He lacks their verbosity, having no time for social chitchat. In his surprise encounter with Utterson his language is clipped. He speaks in short staccato sentences which are in the form of unnervingly direct questions how did you know me what shall it be whose description who are they finally tiring of this conversation which had been forced upon him, he bluntly accuses Utterson of having lied. When Utterson complains that this is not fitting language Hyde snarled out in a savage laugh before disappearing into the house. It is not surprising that the lawyer is left a picture of disquietude after this whirlwind encounter. Clearly he has met more than his match Hyde's appearance is enigmatic seeming to change as he gains in power. Enfield describes him as getting a strong feeling of deformity yet he is not easy to describe. Utterson describes him as Pale dwarfish and again mentions the word deformity. He is an extraordinary mixture of timidity and boldness yet as every character that encounters him, argues it is not his appearance that causes the most repugnance but an uncanny influence what Utterson calls a mixture of disgust loathing and fear. ...read more.

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