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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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Explore how Stevenson creates and sustains suspense through the mystery surrounding Jekyll and Hyde's identity. "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", a novella, displaying how Stevenson explores the reality regarding the fact that every human being has a good and a dark side. This story, which is seen as sinister, reflects his view of life, how humans create an image of pure goodness to the outside, whereas a pot of evil seethes in each and every one. In the following essay I will identify various compounds of the story in which the author creates and sustains suspense in this novel. Not only is the mystery the main point to analyse but also how the writer is able to do this using linguistic tools and the story behind the author and where he comes from. During Stevenson's era, the affluent society aspired a wealthy future for their children, which was possible through first-rate education followed by a university course. The author, who had access to these repositories of expertise, may derive his excellence in literature style from the prosperity of his father Thomas Stevenson, a civil engineer, also a member of the affluent society. Stevenson's intentions by writing this novella were to bring to light the fact that a human has two different sides, two different personalities of which one is good and the other bad. ...read more.


Stevenson, who was known for his gloomy writing style, was not the only author to write about taboo issues in the eighteen hundreds; Henry James did this as well. Unlike Stevenson, whose novels are mainly based on his knowledge and experience, James' work had a fundamental expertise due to the fact that the American born author was gifted in literature, psychology and philosophy. The writer focused some of his work on moral responsibility, personal freedom, betrayal and sexuality rather than the sides of humankind. However, the writer's stories, which are 112 in number, are not as sinister as Stevenson's, but the fact that both of them had the confidence to write about these taboo issues, puts them in the same category of the nineteenth century. The novel provides a large number of quotes, which reflect Stevenson's character, the way he was like, which helps him sustain the readers suspense as they can never expect what to happen next, as it is in life, where anything is possible. "...: that man is not truly one, but truly two."- This quote, taken from the last chapter of the book- Henry Jekyll's Full Statement of the Case- illustrates his belief of the duality of men. Through the use of the adjective "true" in the comparative form, Stevenson shows his competence in literal skills and his ability to create suspense. ...read more.


As it is in "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" the purely evil side alias Mr. Hyde is represented as the other side whereas today the use of drugs might bring a good side to light. Despite that the contemporary relevance of the book might also be the behaviour pattern of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde which is very similar to drug addicts; the hiding, the different emotional phases and the belief to stop once and for all (which is not likely to happen).Another aspect of contemporary relevance might possibly be the fact how friends are easily pulled in the drug scene and the response if the are confronted with the secret. I personally believe that the book explains how we humans could be when every single grain of goodness is removed, what we would do, how we would respond to various things. I also think that I can understand the fears of the doctor to let people know about his evil side, because I think it is just as if a person is new at a school where nobody is known, can make the decision who he can be and if he would let his bad side out to society. Overall I enjoyed the story but the fact that the, to me vintage language is used, it was quite difficult to read. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework Sabine Efiannayi Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

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