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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1886 in Bournemouth.

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Coursework. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1886 in Bournemouth. The book was born mainly by Stevenson's scary nightmares. Stevenson's family didn't like the story because they thought that it was too dark and horrible to publish. However the Victorian public liked it and over 40,000 copies were sold. This is because it represented the two different sides to Victorian London. Dr Jekyll represents the good and wealthy side, and Mr Hyde represents the evil poor side of Victorian London. Stevenson uses the setting to show the duality of Victorian gentlemen the rich and poor places. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is set in Victorian London. Stevenson uses this to give the reader two sides to the setting. The dark and poor side and the good rich side. Stevenson incorporates this by using both Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde's houses and where they are set. Mr Hyde's house is explained by this quotation in the story, " It was to stories high; showed no window, nothing but a door on the lower story and a blind forehead of discoloured wall on the upper; and bore in every feature the marks of prolonged and sordid negligence", Pg 11. ...read more.

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You could place constraints on Dr Jekyll. For one you could have someone watch over his work and possibly keep an eye on him. You could make him report back to someone about his experiments and his findings. Stevenson uses the duality of this kind of repressive society to show the reader that all men have a dual nature by not telling the reader exactly everything about a character by leaving something out about him and leaving secrets in the story about that person. Stevenson makes people look liking there holding something back. In one of the chapters when Mr Utterson is talking to Dr Jekyll in this quotation Dr Jekyll talks about Mr Hyde as if he knows something we don't, "I will tell you one thing: the moment I choose, I can be rid of Mr Hyde", Pg 27. This shows the reader Dr Jekyll is keeping it a secret of how he can get rid of Mr Hyde. Dr Jekyll's character changes as the novel goes on. At the start of the novel Dr Jekyll is seen as a nice man but as the story progresses he changes. ...read more.

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Also some parts of the story will be better in the narrative that Stevenson uses and the reader will understand things much more clearly. This is why Stevenson uses these two different narratives. In conclusion Stevenson illustrates that man has a dual nature in many different ways. He uses the setting to give the reader different sides of Victorian London. Stevenson uses Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde's houses to show the reader there nature whether it be good or bad. Stevenson uses the London fog to give the reader the feeling of uneasiness about the setting. Stevenson uses the Victorian society to show the reader what the typical gentleman should do and have. He tells the reader about Jekyll's profession and how this tells the reader more about himself. Stevenson uses the repressive society to show the reader that all men have a dual nature. Stevenson makes Dr Jekyll's character change slowly. He uses good crimes to make the reader think why. The other characters also show a bit of a dual nature. Stevenson uses two different narratives to give the reader two sides to the story. Throughout the story Stevenson uses good language and different little things to show that man has a dual nature. By Stephen Rickard. ...read more.

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