• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Extracts from this document...


Thomas Billet Monday 23 of December 2008 3�2 Home essay on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Introduction The horror novella The Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was written in the Victorian era by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and was first published in 1886. The main plot of the book is about the dual nature of human kind, the inner conflict between good and evil. It is the story about a doctor feeling he is always fighting within himself between what is good and what is evil. He wants to separate these two sides to enjoy life better with ough worrying about what is good or bad or the victorian mores. After drinking a potion of his own creation, Jekyll is transformed into the cruel, remorseless, evil Edward Hyde, representing the hidden and dark side of Dr. Jekyll's nature. As time goes by, Jekyll becomes prisonner of this satanic and cynical Hyde, unable to impose his real personality and finished by ending his life for the good of humanity. ...read more.


His house is in "...The dismal quarter of Soho", which is known for its criminals and is the centre of the capital's sex entertainment industry which implies his "fleshy" and immoral personality. He also installs this evil atmosphere by the use of different literary techniques like personification, sharp contrasts and pathetic fallacy. For example the phrase: "... a haggard shaft of daylight" helps us imagine the obscure place where Hyde lives. This adjective is normally used to describe a person, which means to seem tired. "This mournful reinvasion of darkness" is a good example of pathetic fallacy, the adjective "mournful" normally used to describe a person who is feeling sorrow or grief. This pathetic fallacy is done to emphasise the "atmosphere of evil". The ambience inside his house, on the contrary to its external surface, is more of a welcoming ambience which is unexpected by the reader "... these were furnished with luxury and good taste. A closet filled with wine; the plate was of silver, the napery elegant. Stevenson also uses sharp contrast like "...an ivory faced and silver-haired old woman opened the door. ...read more.


He affirms that Hyde is deformed and ugly yet he does not know why. This implies that Hyde is beyond words just as he is beyond ethics and principles. Hyde's behaviour analysis Hyde behaves himself very rudely and immorally through out the whole novel. At the beginning of the book, he commits violent acts against innocent people for no apparent reason He just does it out of pure evil. For example, when he tramples the girl in the street, he does not seem to be bothered by this act, as if it was normal. As the novel progresses, Hyde's evil becomes more and more pronounced. He hits Sir Danvers Carew to death for absolutely no reason other than the fact that Sir Danvers appeared to be a good and kind man. This implies that he is completely devoid of any moral and common sense. He becomes more civilized through out the book, for instance in chapter 9, he talk's in a formal way: "he replied civilly enough" and succeeds in controlling his desires:" he was wrestling against the approaches of hysteria". He does what ever pleases him, doesn't control his desires as a normal human man would and betrays the Victorian mores that Victorian would follow so scrupulously. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe essays

  1. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Jekyll believed he had a split personality, one half of him a good, respectable man, the other half of him indecent, secretly urging him to do inappropriate things. In Dr. Jekyll's full statement, he says, "The public has only seen a veneer of my real self."

  2. Jeckyll & Hyde

    After the "racking pangs" of the initial transformations, Jekyll describes himself as feeling "indescribably new" and "incredibly sweet". He feels "younger, lighter happier in body" and he also talks about the "freedom" of his soul, what is also interesting is how he felt "wicked" yet delighted.

  1. How does Stevenson express the idea of the duality of man(TM)s nature through his ...

    Similarly, Hyde was described as a 'dwarfish'. Firstly, if people were dwarfs, it meant that they were very short and diminutive. Secondly, dwarves were sees with suspicion in Victorian times, people also seen them as freaks and sub-human. It was like he wasn't evolved yet.

  2. Dr Jekyll And Hyde

    Stevenson hints that there may be more to Jekyll's character when he says: 'smooth faced man of fifty, with something of a stylish cast perhaps' This shows that although he is a well respected man he has a sly look about him.

  1. jekle and hyde

    Mr Utterson and Jekyll are slightly similar in some ways; these ways are that they are wealthy, respectable and important people. Mr Utterson has a friend called Mr Enfield who is very sly. The relationship between Mr Utterson and Mr Enfield is very much like the relationship between Dr Jekyll

  2. Explore how Stevenson Creates a Sense of Mystery and Engages the Reader(TM)s Interest in ...

    This aside the story is still interesting in many ways such as instances like people not fully thinking about the two different sides of every person until they read the book. Also, people may like it for the historical knowledge that Jack the Ripper may have used ideas shown in the novella in the Whitechapel murders.

  1. What view of human nature does Stevenson present in the novel, The Strange Case ...

    Stevenson used the theme of secrecy, which is also a theme of a Gothic novel, as a main issue in, 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'. Repeatedly in the novel, characters fail or refuse to articulate themselves. They seem unable to describe a horrifying perception, such as the physical characteristics of Hyde.

  2. DrJekyll And Mr Hyde-Exploring The Duality Of The Human Nature

    homophone (using his name to mean 'Hide'-to conceal something, instead of 'Hyde') in doing this Mr Utterson make himself "Mr Seek". After much searching about the streets of the great city he finds Mr Hyde going into Dr Jekyll's house, Mr Utterson confronts him.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work