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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and what effect does this have upon the reader?

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How does Stevenson create a sense of intrigue throughout Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and what effect does this have upon the reader? Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a morality tale about the human condition. It's about how all of us are confronted with evil, evil is amongst us and evil can destroy us. It is a novel before its time as it indicates that drugs will destroy you and refers to the way that man interferes with nature. There is definitely a sense of intrigue in the novel, a lot of this comes from the character Mr Utterson. Mr Utterson is a lawyer described as "a man of 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 loveable." Throughout the novel Utterson knows as much as the reader. He is confused over a Will belonging to his friend Dr Jekyll. ...read more.

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the street, he saw the man bump into the girl and trample all over her without stopping even to help her up. The man is made to pay a check to the girl's family. It reads the name Hyde. After hearing this Utterson becomes obssessed with finding out who Mr Hyde is. He also finds out that Hyde has been seen on a number of occasions entering a strange cellar door in the street, no one has ever been through before but somehow Hyde has a key to get through. This adds intrigue to the novel as the reader becomes more involved in wanting to find out what's going on. Hyde is "not easy to describe. There is something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing." He is only seen on his own and is never with Jekyll, this puzzles Utterson as, why would Jekyll leave everything to such a strange, distant man? ...read more.

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Nobody is around and every sound is echoed. The whole place is "empty". This description gives a sense of mystery which also draws the reader in. There is a sense of intrigue throughout the novel, it is created by involving the reader but only as much as the first character. We are intrigued, we do not no what is going on, the effect is suspense and this is what draws us in. The chapters always finish on a little bit more intrigue which makes us make up the story in our mind. We are horrified, interested and drawn in the book. We only find out the truth in the story at the end. These techniques, used by Stevenson, are cleverly set so the reader is constantly involved. Stevenson leads us to consider that evil is part of us all. The term "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" is often used when describing someone who is schizophrenic, not just the medical condition but that everyone has two sides to them. People do things that are "out of character" so what is it that defines your character? Hannah Dear Hannah Dear ...read more.

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