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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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Introduction

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde The character of Dr Jekyll is he is a kind and pleasant person. He is a great and respected doctor; Jekyll is a very thriving and well established man in the community he lives in. He is known for his decency and for his charity work. Jekyll finds his dark side a burden and undertakes experiments intended to separate his good side from his evil. Through these experiments he brings Mr Hyde into being, finding a way to transform himself that will fully become his darker side. As the story progresses Dr Jekyll finds himself turning from a good person to a bad person. Dr Jekyll is a great person, who does charity work and other things to help the community. Dr Jekyll is a well respected figure in the novel. Others see Dr Jekyll as a good and pleasant person; nevertheless further on in the novel Utterson thinks that Jekyll is doing something wrong as he is in fear. But Utterson is very concerned that an evil man like Hyde is named in Jekyll's will, Utterson says, "I have been wanting to speak to you, Jekyll." began the latter. "You know that will of yours?" Jekyll then said, "You are unfortunate in such a client. I never saw a man as distressed as you were by my will; unless it were that hiding-bound pedant, Lanyon, at what he called my scientific heresies." This shows that Lanyon already suspects him of doing something he shouldn't be doing. Utterson thinks that Dr Jekyll is doing something devious after Dr Jekyll said, "I swear to God I will never set eyes on him again." "I bind my honour to you that I am done with him in this world. It is all at an end." "And indeed he does not want my help; you do not know him as I do; he is safe, he is quite safe; mark my words, he will never more be heard of." ...read more.

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At the start he is a very kind and respectable person but as the story progresses he starts to become more crafty and aware that people are watching him, so he starts to become more aware. Utterson especially and Enfield become very conspicuous at the way Jekyll has changed. This really starts from when Utterson goes to Jekyll and Jekyll says he has ended everything between Hyde, and Jekyll shows Utterson a letter. But Utterson's Clerk notices that the letter has a very similar handwriting between Jekyll's handwriting. This is when Utterson really starts to doubt Jekyll. Jekyll said that he had received a letter so then Utterson asked if he could read the letter. Utterson ruminated awhile; he was surprised at his friend's selfishness, and yet reviled by it, "Well," said he, at last, "Let me see the letter." The letter was written in odd, upright hand, and signed 'Edward Hyde.' Utterson then asked if he could see the envelope but Jekyll said he had burnt it and there was no stamp on it, it was given by hand. Utterson then said to Jekyll, "He meant to murder you. You have had a fine escape." Jekyll replied, "I have had what is far more to the purpose." He then said, "I have has a lesson-O God what a lesson I have had!" this is very ironic as Jekyll is the one who was going to be murdered. The author puts the explanation mark to describe the fear and relief of not letting Utterson find out the truth about him and Hyde and the truth was too unbelievable for anyone to really guess. And this is when Utterson starts to doubt Jekyll. Lanyon then dies from the shock of finding out the truth received by Jekyll and he gives a letter to Utterson and instructs him not to open it until after Jekyll's death. ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows that there is a massive difference in the feelings of Hyde and Jekyll. Jekyll had a very big weakness which was he enjoyed the compensations of an approving conscience. And that is why he kept drinking the potion even though he didn't like being Jekyll. In the novel it says, "A change had come over me. It wax no longer the fear of the gallow's it was the fear of being Hyde that racked me." Jekyll knows he has done wrong and he knows he will compensate for his wrong doing and will have to live as Hyde for the rest of his life, until Hyde dies. This shows that Jekyll didn't want to be Hyde and that Jekyll could not overcome his weakness, and he had to live with this because he knew he would become Hyde eventually, for ever. Also in the last part of the novel it shows that Jekyll was unhappy to be Hyde and says, "Will Hyde die upon the scaffold?" "Or will he find the courage to release himself at the last moment?" Jekyll knows that until Hyde doesn't die the evil will carry on and this shows that Jekyll does not want to be Hyde and from his one mistake of being arrogant he will suffer as being Hyde until he doesn't die. So the novel portrays a very clear image of a person turning form good to evil and using this as the centre of the novel the author portrays the image of Jekyll turning form good to bad very effectively and very interestingly. The author does this to build up suspense and atmosphere. The novel is a great suspense novel and a very good and an interesting way to how the author shows Jekyll turning into Hyde using description and a great use of context. The location is also great as it matches the way the author has described the novel, and the way the author has used the way the language describes the characters. ...read more.

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