• 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 was written by Robert Louis Stevensons in 1880s.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevensons in 1880s. The book was set in Victorian London. The book is about a well-respected physician and chemist, who transforms into a 'beast' an ape like man. The reason for this is that Jekyll wanted the good and bad separated in him but it did not go as he wanted and at the end the evil side of him starts taking over, where he transforms into Hyde without taking any potion, therefore the book represents and tells us that 'we all have capacity of good and bad' As the novel was set at Victorian London, Stevenson based in on Edinburgh as he was brought up and studied there. There was divided city in London, one where the respectable middle class people lived and worked, new town: with perfect, clean atmosphere, and everything was seen perfect with middle class people having their own things to do and be respected of the wealthiness and heritage, and so would have a good reputation. But that could only be seen from outside, no one would know what they get up to at night or behind the closed doors. ...read more.

Middle

the unjust might go his way, delivered from aspirations and remorse of his more upright twin; and just could walk steadfastly and securely on his upward path, doing the good things in which he found his pleasure' so Jekyll had led to a double life where the equal enthusiasm into both light and the dark side, Jekyll comes to the realisation of the ultimate truth: 'man is not truly one but truly two' Stevensons childhood was shaped by the strict code of 'respectability' of the Victorian middle-class in Edinburgh, where it is church going, and was brought up, with no drinking, to have sex within marriage and thrift. This was all self-control. At his childhood, Stevenson suffered numerous health problems, a condition which was to plague him through out his life. His father was often on business an d is mother herself suffered from an illness of the lungs, rendering her unable to care for her son, so the role of the mother was given to a 'fundamentalist Christian' nurse, Alison Cunningham or 'Cummy', where she taught Stevensons the difference between the pursuit of 'life of good and evil', where she try to convince to him that you always need to look out for evil part, so try to ...read more.

Conclusion

'The important man of the book ...are all unmarried, intellectually barren, emotionally stifled, joyless', therefore Stevensons world view id therefore male, white, upper class and European, as Hyde is like a 'primitive' i.e. Africans are looked as 'savages'. So it is also racist. Overall, I think Stevenson's command of the English language is excellent. The complex sentence structure and vocabulary of classic literature can sometimes turn reading into hard work, but I found Stevenson's style reasonably easy to master. People who like their fiction to stay firmly in the real world might view Jekyll and Hyde as a load of old fluff. But if you read between the lines, what you have here is a very intelligent dissection of temptation and evil. I found Stevenson's observations on the coarser side human nature to be very true to life, and it's a rare experience to find this sort of barefaced frankness in fiction. If there's one point that grates on me, it's Stevenson's too-casual association of deformity with evil character. Those two things are completely unrelated and promote an unnecessary stigma on people who genuinely do suffer with deformity. However, the novel was fully entertaining and at the same time very insightful about human nature - a rare combination. ...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 Robert Louis Stevenson 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 Robert Louis Stevenson essays

  1. Discuss Stevensons presentation of the charchacter of Mr Hyde in the novel

    Further on in the book the effect Hyde has on people gets stronger as he grows in evil and stature. "With his remarkable combination of great muscular activity and great debility of constitution...this bore some resemblance to incipient rigor, and was accompanied by a marked sinking of the pulse."

  2. Evaluate Stevenson's depiction of the murder of Sir Danvers Carew

    The reader can feel these emotions which shows the start and the end of the scene being totally opposite to each other as it started off calm then gradually changed to nervousness and then finally into a lot of shock and terror; ending in the maid fainting, making the reader

  1. Robert Louis Stevensons Biography and what lead him to write "Dr Jekyll and Mr ...

    R.L.S looked up to this man, and when Deacon Brodie was caught, he was hanged by his own creation he designed. Another one of these kind of people were Burke and Hare, University scientists or researchers used to pay people for fresh dead bodies, from graves preferably, as long as

  2. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Coursework. Stevensons objective for the novel was to get ...

    The "Fog" gives the audience an airy and tense atmosphere. You feel that anything could happen and that evil is lurking somewhere beyond the fog but it is undetectable. Just like Mr Hyde, whatever will happen next is unpredictable. There is also a sense of suspicion as "the fog lifted a little and showed him a dingy street."

  1. Discuss Stevensons portrayal of the nature of good and evil and the dual nature ...

    The book was fairly popular yet drew heavy criticism from some scholars who read the book as an allegory of inappropriate sexual desires. At the time Stevenson re-buffed the ideas, through fear of the popularity of his book diminishing, but he later admitted that the book could be read as an allegory of the troubles of Victorian society.

  2. Robert Louis Stevenson's presentation of good and evil in "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde"

    As Jekyll, he does not take any responsibility in the actions of Hyde. He also says that he does not feel any shame or guilt in committing evil, but only if he is sure he will not get caught. We see the story of Jekyll and Hyde unfolding in the

  1. Explore Stevensons presentation of evil in the novel 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'

    Darwin who introduced the theory of evolution also influenced him. This relates to the Hyde character that had not yet evolved from the ape like creature. After he had written the book Jack the Ripper helped its popularity because no one knew who he was and why he killed prostitutes in the brutal way he did.

  2. To What Extent Is Stevenson's Novel Critical of Science and Scientists?

    For example, Dr. Jekyll apparently derives his potion in some sort of scientific manner, ?I compounded the elements, watch them boil and smoke together in the glass, and when the ebullition had subsided, with a strong glow of courage, drank off the potion.?, as opposed to finding a magical amulet or something that releases evil as you might find in other stories.

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