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  1. How Does Stevenson Depict People and Society in "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde"?

    As Enfield puts it: "he gives a strong feeling of deformity, although I couldn't specify the point". The dominant theme is the divided nature of man and that things aren't always what they appear. The hypocrisy is seen in all the characters and is derived from their reactions to Hyde. Stevenson is arguing that Hyde represents the dark side, which is present in all people. In wanting to kill Hyde, they are rejecting what is in fact part of their true selves and are so guilty of hypocrisy.

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  2. Examine what you think to be some of the underlying thematic concerns of Stevenson's novella.

    Jekyll stresses that, "man is not truly one, but truly two." This all links to the theme of hypocrisy in Victorian society. Jekyll admits, "...and it was as a secret sinner that I at last fell before the assaults of temptation." Stevenson tries to reveal the double lives that were being lived around this era. Some critics believe that this is a self-confession of Stevenson's sinful past. Jekyll is the perfect representation of hypocrisy, as he is described as the "spotless Jekyll" yet continuously lying to Utterson and one could argue, society.

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  3. On page fifty-four, there is another good example of how weather can play a large and important part in the setting of a story, helping to develop a particular atmosphere.

    This reference to the weather symbolises the split personality of Dr Jekyll. The struggle between the light above and the darkness below, represents the conflict between good and evil. This presents a rather disturbing, image reinforcing our assumption that darkness is likely to prevail. The sinister aspect of this being, that darkness is the absence of light, and goodness. All through the story we have the impression that s ... NEW his spare time, and then he would go back home to his family and act like the 'perfect son'.

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  4. How effectively does Stevenson create a sense of horror through his descriptions of settings and character in Dr Jekyll and My Hyde?

    This brings absence of reason on the scene and makes the reader wonder and feel unsecured. The lack of information about Mr Hyde makes the reader worried this paints a picture of secrecy has we don't know much about the character. One of the most important aspects of any horror novella is setting. R.L Stevenson's "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" is a groundbreaking and disturbing work that weaves a tale of passion, misery, dread, and remorse. The setting sets the atmosphere and creates the mood. In order to fully understand the world in which Stevenson was raised, it is necessary to understand that there were two Edinburgh's, both which played a part in making his personality and outlook.

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  5. How is the paranormal made to seem normal? 'Jekyll and Hyde', a gothic novella, uses lots of realism to try to make the story believable. In 'Portobello Road' as well as absolute realism, the conversational style of story telling helps the reader believe.

    In 'Jekyll and Hyde', although some parts are hard to believe, the majority is easily believable as it contains lots of realism. A large part of 'Jekyll and Hyde' is the melodramatic leap from the mysterious to the paranormal. 'Portobello Road' also contains melodrama; Needle is telling the story and the reader has no idea she is dead and then it suddenly comes out of the blue. She mentions her death and then carries on as normal, and the reader sidelines this fact as the story continues.

    • Word count: 1029
  6. How do the two Writers differ in their Exploration and Presentation of Evil?

    Mr Utterson spent many hours in the street where Enfield had seen Hyde, until one night he met Mr Hyde. As soon as he had met Hyde, Utterson thought that there was something evil in him and he became worried about Dr Jekyll. A year later Hyde was seen murdering Sir Danvers Carew with a stick. A letter was found addressed to Utterson. Mr Utterson visited Dr Jekyll, who had also heard of the murder. Jekyll had received a letter from Hyde that said Hyde had gone and Jekyll didn't need to worry about his own safety anymore.

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  7. Utterson’s character

    There are no extreme elements to his character; he is neither good nor bad. Although he displays a certain craving for evil, he is forced to maintain his austere Victorian reputation. Through the author's use of narration, the reader sees many of the novels events through Utterson's eyes and we can perceive his feelings. Utterson also has the role of the partial narrator in this novel sometimes, as many of the books events are often seen through his eyes. This is due to the fact that he is after all an austere and stern lawyer, who knows every character in the whole book, which allows him to have a rather objective perspective on the events.

    • Word count: 1060
  8. What impressions of Mr Hyde are created in the first two chapters of ‘Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde’? And in what way does Stevenson create theses impressions?

    These words show that Hyde is somebody who doesn't seem to care, and has no conscience about hurting a small child. Mr Enfield describes him as a "Damned Juggernaut". We also learn of the 'Ugly' that Stevenson gives to Hyde. Also Hyde is describe as 'so ugly that it brought out the sweat on me like running' Stevenson wants the reader to understand that Hyde makes people afraid of him. Enfield for example is terrified and also in general people seem to be afraid of him.

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  9. What do we learn of Victorian London and society from Stevenson’s story?

    We are told that the neighbourhood was 'dingy'. The main part of this description was about the door. His door is described as 'blister and distained' giving a sense that even the doors are less attractive in a 'run-down' area. We are told that 'tramps' lived in the area and all kinds of things were done to deface the door but still no one had ever done anything about it. Stevenson's description of this door tells us that all doors in this type of area were similar.

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  10. Dr. Henry Jekyll

    once again, the mask motif is used by the author to underline his theme of duality. Dr. Jekyll owns a large estate and has recently drawn up his will, leave his immense fortune to a man whom Jekyll's lawyer, Utterson, thoroughly disapproves of. He was born into a prosperous family had a good education and was respected by all who knew him although he recognizes and enjoys the evil side of his nature check-in is in fact a hypocrite because he fails to accept it as a natural part of himself.

    • Word count: 1398
  11. Essay Examining the Techniques Used by R.L.Stevenson in ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ to Heighten the Horror.

    The mystery begins at the very start, where we meet Utterson who is an intelligent lawyer who does not quickly judge other people. Mr Utterson becomes our guide throughout many of the chapters and we see all of the discoveries he makes. The door in Dr Jekyll's house stands out because Mr Hyde uses it as if were his own and a theme of mystery evolves around it, because we do not know where it leads to. This is where we first meet Mr Hyde. He is hard to describe but has a strong effect on everybody who meets him.

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  12. A comparison of the ways in which Golding presented Ralph Jack in the Lord of the Flies and Stevenson’s presentation of Jekyll and Hyde in the novel Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

    The author has put Ralph and Piggy together because they are different in both mind and body. Together they will both make a whole good person. Ralph is tall, fit, good-looking and fair-haired. Ralph has a good background with his father being in the navy. This suggests that Ralph was brought up in a good way, so he should know the difference between right and wrong. This is a stereotypical good person, but Ralph is not a thinker. Ralph does do some bad things.

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  13. How does Stevenson explore good and evil through the characters of Jekyll and Hyde?

    The phrase ?well-made? has a double meaning, suggesting both physical masculinity and wealth, a successful businessman having carved his own fortune. ?Smooth faced? not only suggests attractive features but also an unblemished reputation, which in all society is greatly idealised and upheld: a tarnished image was tantamount to social ruin. However, when Jekyll is in the form of Hyde, he is ?not easy to describe. There is something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing, something downright detestable.? The repetition used in this line describes how difficult it is to create an adequate portrayal of the man: significance of Hyde?s inconceivable yet hideous abnormality.

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  14. What contributions to the novel "Jeckyll and Hyde" are made by minor characters such as Poole and Sir Edward Danvers?

    This contributes to a foreshadowing of bad events to come in the future; the word ?policeman? suggests these events go against the law. Enfield later tells Utterson about a strange character that brings a sense of disgust and detestation to all the witnesses of a young girl being trampled. He describes him as ?deformed somewhere; he gives a strong feeling of deformity, although I couldn?t specify the point.? This contribution acts as a device to the unfolding of the story as Utterson finds such a character quite intriguing- and follows on in ?the search for Mr Hyde?.

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  15. How does Stevenson Make Mr Utterson an Interesting and Significant Character in "Jekyll and Hyde"?

    This provides him with connections with every other major character in the novel, making him very significant. In giving him this quality, Stevenson has made Mr Utterson the central, loose-end-connecting man. Another interesting quality that Mr Utterson possesses is his intense loyalty to his friends. He is constantly concerned for their welfare. It causes him to be deeply distressed over Dr. Jekyll's relationship with Mr. Edward Hyde. For example, when he is convinced that Edward Hyde has injured Dr. Jekyll, he is quick to take action and break down the door to the laboratory in order to come to his friend's aid.

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  16. Can Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde be seen as a commentary on Victorian Society?

    He hopes this will allow him to appear to follow a righteous path, while allowing Hyde and therefore his more unacceptable impulses to also be freed: ?If each, I told myself, could be housed in separate identities, life would be relieved of all that was unbearable; the unjust might go his way, delivered from the aspirations and remorse of his more upright twin; and the just could walk steadfastly and securely on his upward path, doing the good things in which he found his pleasure?. ?Separated? from Hyde, we see that Jekyll has actually become the victim and lost control.

    • Word count: 1903
  17. What view of human nature does Stevenson present in the Novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

    Jekyll is also described to be a gentleman who is handsome ?a large, well-made, smooth-faced man of fifty?. The gentlemen during the Victorian times were described as clean and healthy. The word ?well-made? suggests that he was brought up well and is educated. During the Victorian times only the wealthy people were able to provide money for their children o go to school. Jekyll deliberately drinks the potion which transforms him knowing what effects it can have on him. He shows that he is pleased with himself ?I was the first that ever did so for his pleasure?.

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

    His criticism was directed against scientists who did not know how to control the discoveries they make. Stevenson believes that scientists have a difficult responsibility to make sure their discoveries do not affect the natural ways of this world. In Stevenson?s novel, his criticism is partly addressed to the theory of evolution. This is shown in the details of Hyde?s transformation and the comparisons between Jekyll and Hyde. Hyde represents the primitive man that human evolves from, while Jekyll represents the civilized human. Hyde had been created by science, therefore linking the work of changing a human being with science as evil. Hyde is described mainly with animal imagery, again linking him to Darwin?s theory of evolution.

    • Word count: 1144

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