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  1. In the novel, Treasure Island, Jim Hawkins experiences a relationship with Long John Silver that varies between admiration and respect to fear, hatred and disgust.

    The Squire, John Trelawney said that he had felt pity for Long John Silver saying he was "monstrously touched." The word the writer has used shows us Trelawney's feelings for Silver are very strong. The Squire and Dr Livsey's trust in Silver would obviously influence Jim's opinion of Silver. They place so much trust in him; by allowing him to pick the crew for the ship. At first Jim thought that Long John Silver was a seafaring man who he had watched out for many nights.

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  2. Jekyll and Hyde. In this essay I will be trying to explore how Stevenson explores good and evil in the novella.

    "I saw that sawbones turned sick and white with the desire to kill him." This shows us that Hyde is giving off an evil feeling to everyone around him firstly suggesting that capability for evil actions is within us all, but also showing that Stevenson explores evil a lot through Hyde. Having no conscience to lead Hyde in the write direction causes him to do the wrong thing, never knowing what is right. It shows that he has no conscience and that he is lower down the evolutionary chain (an animal)

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  3. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

    The writer wants to show the world what might happen if the evil of someone has its own physical body through separating Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; he uses wordplay to establish the name of the bad character because the diabolic side of a person is always tried to hide from society, therefore Mr. Hyde, the hidden personality of Dr. Jekyll. These key facts of the book are revealed through the lawyer Mr. Utterson, a close friend to Dr. Jekyll.

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  4. Explore the ways in which Stevenson uses setting to enhance the readers understanding of character in Jekyll and Hyde.

    The full of life, happy street leads the reader to believe that this description describes some of the characters personalities, good etc. The atmosphere created by the thriving street is an inviting one, welcoming anyone to visit. However in contrast to the bright welcoming street is the "sinister block of building" at the end of the street. The way it is describes give the impression that the building is shrouded in darkness and holds many secrets. The description of the building builds up tension of something terrible that either happens early on in the story or at a later point, "discoloured wall...showed no window...marks of prolonged and sordid negligence...blistered and distained".

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  5. Jeckyll and Hyde. One way in which Stevenson engages the readers interest is by creating an eerie atmosphere that makes the reader feel uneasy.

    The Gothic atmosphere makes the reader feel uneasy and nervous. The fact that it is a "pale moon" suggests that the light is so dim that it is hard to see properly making the characters seem vulnerable and concerned because they cannot see where they are going. The reader shares this uncertainty about not knowing what is ahead of the characters. All this is a contrast to the amount of light given of the moon later on the in chapter.

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  6. How Does Stevenson Use Victorian Social Norms To Create Suspense In 'The Last Night' Chapter Of Jekyll And Hyde?

    Poole's unusual behaviour continues when he is asked what the problem is, he is asked to reply plainly by Utterson but he ignores this request and avoids answering the question directly. This creates tension and drama because the reader is intrigued by what Poole is talking about. The reader is also intrigued and somewhat afraid because Poole says "I don't like it, sir - I wish I may die if I like it" because it makes 'it' seem dangerous. When asked again what the problem is he continues to avoid answering the question, something that would have been considered very rude and could have meant that Poole would have lost his job.

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  7. How Stevenson and Golding reveal the characters of Hyde and Roger.

    The places Roger and Hyde live, illustrate certain things about them, Hyde for example lives in a house that could be conveyed as anything but homely; it is described as 'a certain sinister block of building thrust forward in its gable on the street', this suggests something different about Hyde, perhaps that he too is distinctive from the crowd. Descriptive imagery of him shows 'something wrong' about him, his house is used as a metaphor for him, he and his house share distinct features of deformity and neglect 'in every feature bore the marks of prolonged and sordid negligence' and him a 'strong feeling of deformity'.

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

    We can see this hypocrisy and hidden life in the novel, represented by the characters we meet. Dr Jekyll represented the visible Victorian England. Jekyll was a rich and successful man, who knew his wine and hence, was a gentleman. His 'evil' side was the notorious Mr Hyde. Hyde was brutish, anti-social and was the personification of evil. He hated all that represented the 'correct' Victorian society, and wanted the people to act as the people they really were. Jekyll and Hyde were two people in one body. Jekyll's hypocrisy was clear, as he feels that he, in the form of Hyde can only take the blame.

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  9. What view of human nature does Stevenson present in the novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde?

    Robert Louis Stevenson was born in 1850 and died in 1894 at the early age of 44. His birthplace was on the outskirts of Edinburgh's New Town. Stevenson is best remembered nowadays for his repeating theme of the duality of human nature. 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' was one of his most successful novels and was written in 1885, nine years before his death. For that reason, Stevenson is mainly remembered for using human nature in his novels because this is the leading theme in 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'. The novel is a classic mystery and involves the dual nature of man and of society.

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  10. Dr Jakyll and Mr Hyde

    The word "dwarfish", as well as "trampled", had sexual connotation in Victorian audience. A modern audience would not feel or make any connection between Hyde and anything sexual. Tension is being built up when Utterson finds out about Jekyll's will and intrigued, tries to find out about it, but as Dr. Jekyll asks Utterson not to talk about it again, the mystery and suspense is enchanting the tension of the reader. The murder of Sir Danvers Carew is a critical point which brings the tension to a higher stage. Our feelings towards Hyde become colder and even fearful as we see how violent and heartless is.

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  11. How does Robert Louis Stevenson explore good and evil in the novel Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde(TM)?

    prostitutes on the streets of London. All of these are incorporated in the novel 'Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'. Robert Louis Stevenson has chosen to set this book in Soho London which shows transgression by the Soho atmosphere because Soho is a run down place and his house is located in a street in Soho where it is violent, deathly and full of gangs "the fog lifted and showed him a dingy street, a gin palace" this is contrasted with Mr.

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  12. How Far Is The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde(TM) A Study Of Human Nature

    Also Jekyll by day was a respected doctor but at night when he drank his potion he went mad and killed innocent people much like 'Jack the Ripper' was suspected to be a doctor the way he professionally mutilated his victims. This book shows an interpenetration of human nature between two alter-egos. In the initial descriptions of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde given to us by Stevenson it is instantly oblivious who is the bad half and who is the good half.

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  13. Jekyll and Hyde, Evil

    Stevenson uses Hyde to explore the concept of good and evil in many ways including their physical appearance. The physical differences between the two are a metaphor for what happens when the Victorians took drugs; Hyde is mentioned to be comparatively younger than Jekyll, certainly wilder, and completely care free - "liberty, the comparative youth, the light step, leaping impulses and secret pleasures;" This quote implies a whimsical sense to Hyde; however, from other descriptions of Hyde, the audience know this is far from the truth. Drugs were at the forefront of the Victorians' minds, not only due to their recreational value, but also within the many medical breakthroughs of the time.

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  14. How does Stevenson explore the theme of duality in the novella 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' and how does this reflect the time in which it was written?

    Some of the other themes in the novella also reflected Victorian society. The secrecy and hypocrisy shown throughout the story are as relevant now as they were at the time, which may account for why the novella is still read with interest. There are also many biblical parallels, particularly relating to the devil, which reflects the strong religious beliefs held by the Victorians. Part of the power of the novella is given through its narration. The chapters are narrated mainly by Mr Utterson, a lawyer, with the final two as documents - a letter and a statement - from Dr Lanyon and Dr Jekyll, two scientists.

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  15. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - "In the chapter 'The Last Night', How does Stevenson present the Gothic genre"

    The dual nature of man, as shown in characters, is not just a Victorian concept but particularly relevant to the Victorian era where supposedly respectable people were often not what they seemed. There was concern about the rapid progress of science with God's natural order during the Victorian era. Victorians were confused about the scientific discoveries which were made at the time, which often seem to conflict with their more religious beliefs such as Darwin's theory of evolution versus the traditional belief of God as the creator of life.

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  16. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Analysis of Novel.

    In this book, Stevenson is trying to suggest that all humans have an evil side as well as a good side, and no matter how good a person is, there is an underlying evil side, and vice versa. Right up until the end of the novella, there is a psychomachic struggle between Jekyll and Hyde for the possession of Dr Jekyll's body. This represents the struggle we all experience when discovering our own personalities. Every person struggles with different sides of their personality when discovering themselves.

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  17. Analyse the methods by which Stevenson presents the duality of man in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

    Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are one person. The exposure of the mutual personalities leaves readers to decipher the true colours of Jekyll and to comprehend why Jekyll did what he did and reflect upon his on going predicament. The axiom of the story is also equally as successful in presenting to us the duality of man and revealing to us that we as people all experience dual sides to our personality; good and bad. Stevenson shows us how even a "wise and good" being (Jekyll)

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  18. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Enfield states he was 'coming home from some place at the end of the world, about three o'clock'. His statement shows us that although he may be respected in the public eye, he still takes improper excursions which are unknown by others, apart from those he tells. The main secret that is kept from us is the true identity of Mr. Hyde. It is often said that he is 'not easy to describe', but he is said to be ape like or an un-evolved form of man. A similar thought to this was of Charles Darwin, who, lived during the same era.

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  19. Dr Jekyll and Hyde

    It caused wages to drop down to barely subsistence level. Many people were driven into poverty and consequently into a life of crime as people's desire of money increased. And may be this criminal atmosphere became part of the author's lifestyle, so Robert Louis Stevenson emphasizes the conflict of humanity's sense of good and evil as the inner ideas in 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' As poverty during the author's century, many contemporary readers did not have the opportunity to enjoy an education.

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  20. In What Ways Would You Say That the Novella "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" is a Product of the Times in Which it was Written

    In this essay I will explore the links between Stevenson's novella "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" and the society and times in which it was written. Representing the important men of Victorian society, the main male characters in the novella are respectable bachelors who repress nasty goings-on and dark forces to do with themselves and others, so to avoid confronting said feelings. Gabriel John Utterson is the main character in the story, who perfectly represents the dichotomy of the times in which the story takes place.

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  21. Edwards Hyde

    This irregularity is created to correspond to real life. The fact that "man is not truly one, but truly two" as represented in this novella means that all human beings have a good part in them as well as a bad one. Mr Hyde symbolizes this for he incarnates the evil side of Dr Jekyll, and thus his secondary personality. The gothic dimension of this novella is also present in the atmosphere around Hyde. Stevenson's use of pathetic fallacy serves to create an "atmosphere of evil", a very effective way of creating a dark atmosphere whenever Hyde is present, in keeping with his character and acts.

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  22. Jekyll and Hyde

    I think that Stevenson's use of suspense works very well as it makes you want to read more to find out what is going to happen to Jekyll, or Hyde, or whomever the story is focusing on at any particular point. Gothic novels use different witnesses and narrators to give the reader a different perspective of what is happening in the story. Such as Utterson's angle of well wishing towards Jekyll, the omniscient narrators point of indifference and Lanyon's conflicting angles of both a well wisher and an enemy of Jekyll Most of the documents are found when Utterson is narrating, but the truth about Hyde is revealed during Lanyon's narrative and confirmed in Jekyll's narrative.

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  23. Jekyll and Hyde Study

    Stevenson's use of the theme of duality of man is one of the most effectively hidden, but most profound, studies into human character in Victorian literature, and the author uses the intelligent character of Jekyll to self-chronicle the change that take place. This becomes apparent in the early stages of the novella, when Jekyll asserts that the human soul could be seen as a 'battleground' between an 'angel and fiend'. This shows Jekyll's self-awareness and, despite this, Jekyll still succumbs to the evil will of Hyde.

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  24. "A Strange Case of Dr Jekyl And Mr Hyde" Theme of Evil.

    The whole 'double existence' was expected of men in Victorian England, though not quite in the literal sense. It was typical of middle class men in the 19th century to abandon there happy and more adventurous selves and put on a more sensible and repressed self. Jekyll had a desire to physically detach both parts; "man is not truly one, but truly two" this reference goes against what Victorians believed at the time of "a strange case..." publication. During this era the Victorians strongly believed that it was god who created the world and all things that come along with it, they were powerfully religious and were in opposition to anything that suggested otherwise.

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  25. how does Robert Louis Stevenson Create a sense of Mystery, Horror and Suspense In the first two chapters of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    . We are also told that he had a "approved tolerance for others". This is more evidence to show that he could empathise and care about people. This also makes the audience think that he will be tested. He is also said to be "the last good influence in the lives of down going men", he is known to be a compassionate man, he looks to help people rather than judge them. This also makes the reader think that being a client of Mr Utterson, Dr Jekyll may be possible in store to be coming into some trouble.

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