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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde build of Tension

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Beginning with Chapter 1 "Story of the Door" and Chapter 9 "The Last Night" Explore how Stevenson Builds Tension in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a story of an experiment. When Dr Jekyll drinks a potion he turns into an evil, unthoughtful criminal. In the story we rarely see and Hyde linked until the end. Stevenson is trying to get across the message not to interfere with science. He does this by making the outcome a disaster. This is warning people of the time to be careful when experimenting as in the 19th century it was during the industrial revolution, a time when a lot of new things were happening, and radical changes occurred. This moral is still relevant today, for example cloning. The outcome of cloning is unknown and the moral is warning us that terrible things could happen. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde's literacy genre is mixed. It is a cross between gothic horror and crime. Its gothic genre is clear in the murder, criminals and the exploration of darker human truths. Its crime style is only shown because Utterson holds the narrative. Stevenson chose to follow him and not Jekyll, this makes it like a detective novel. ...read more.


Another factor in this chapter that increases suspense is the way Stevenson continually refers to the fact that Poole is scared, but he doesn't reveal why until more than half way through the chapter. We can directly see Poole dodging that very question: "What are you scared of?" "I've been afraid for about a week Poole blatantly, and deliberately, avoids this question. Stevenson keeps referring to the fear in order to inform the reader something terrible has happened, without unveiling what. Stevenson also uses pathetic fallacy in "The Last Night" in order to build tension. He uses it when Poole and Utterson are travelling to Jekyll's house. It says, "It was a wild, cold, seasonable night of march with a pale moon, lying on her back as though the wind had tilted her, and a flying rack of the most diaphanous and lawny texture" Here the harshness of the weather matches the emotions of Poole and Utterson. This scene is not important at all to the plot but Stevenson includes it as it is a very effective and recognised method of building tension in gothic novels. It works perfectly in this part of the story as it is forever building up to when they open Jekyll's lab. ...read more.


Stevenson is practically comparing Mr Hyde to a pre-evolution form of man, this effectively adds tension as it connotes that a man whom at one stage is an upper class Dr, turns into a vicious, angry, animalistic murderer. Throughout the whole novel tension fluctuates; at the beginning you see Hyde and Jekyll as two people who know each other. As tension builds you see them get closer and closer. Links to one another grow until the tension peaks. This is when you realise they are the same person. After this realisation Stevenson uses the last chapter as a brief autobiography for Jekyll to fully explain the whole story, leaving all unanswered questions, answered. This results in tension falling back down and giving the story a satisfactory end. After fully analysing the story I think that it is portraying the fight between humanities sense of good and evil. I see it though Stevenson is telling the reader that good and evil exist in everyone, and that failure to accept this results in a Mr Hyde type character emerging. This novel is tense throughout making it very interesting and effective in what it is trying to achieve. However, it is a victim of its own success, people know the twist before reading the novel, losing the effects of it being a crime story and in some cases spoiling the end. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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