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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - How successful do I regard Stevenson to be in adding to the sense of tension and mystery in pages 34-60.

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How successful do I regard Stevenson to be in adding to the sense of tension and mystery in pages 34-60 In pages 34-60, Stevenson uses a number of devices to enhance the sense of mystery and tension. In this essay I will look at the following aspects closely- I will start with pg 34, "Incident if the letter". In the middle of the page, Stevenson describes the laboratory by saying it has "dingy windowless structure" and a "distasteful sense of strangeness". This is good as it creates a very mysterious atmosphere. The surroundings themselves create tension and mystery. Secondly on pg 37. In the second paragraph it describes the weather. It talks about "the fog still... drowned city". This obviously creates a dark mysterious atmosphere. ...read more.

Middle

Next on page 43. After Utterson speaking to Lanyon it says that "in something less than a fortnight he was dead". This adds to the mystery as we don't know why he would have died so suddenly. It also adds to the tension as we don't know who is going to die next. Another account on pg 43 is when Utterson is about to open the letter and he is talking about how it could "cost the life of a friend". This creates a large amount of tension. Next on page 44 it adds to the tension by telling us how Jekyll has now locked himself in his room and is sleeping and eating there. Why would he not want to show himself in this time? ...read more.

Conclusion

Why should he not go in? What is there that could put him in danger? Also when they are talking abut the letter that Jekyll had written on page 51. Why would he need these salts? Why does he need "some of the old"? And why is it so important to him? Also Poole is talking about Jekyll constantly running about not letting anyone see him and whimpering. This build up a lot of tension. Last of all when they finally get in. Where is Jekyll? Why is Hyde in that state on the floor? Is Jekyll dead or alive. All of these accounts build up tension and questions arise. But all these questions are answered from page 60 to the end of the book. Stevenson has done very well in using surroundings, peoples reactions, and peoples physical states. ...read more.

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