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    What are the Main Difficulties for a twenty-first Century reader in fully appreciating Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde(TM)

    5 star(s)

    A twenty-first century reader could have difficulties in understanding the surroundings, as the writer assumes that the knowledge of the conditions is already there and he just needs to build on that. A likely difficulty for a twenty-first century reader is that this novella frequently switches between characters, to get an idea of the emotions of different individuals. But, from my experience, many novels and novellas in the twenty-first century are one long plot from a single character's perspective, for example, 'Cell' by Stephen King.

    • Word count: 1110
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    How does Stevenson create a sense of dramatic tension in the chapter The Last Night(TM), in the context of the novel as a whole?

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    Neither the reader nor the characters know what has happened to Dr Jekyll; the longer we do not know, the more we want to know, and so the suspense builds. The chapter is very visual, even filmic, so we are drawn into creating our own vivid images from the text. It is as if we are there with the characters, share their feelings of foreboding and terror, and at once want to know what has happened to Dr. Jekyll and are afraid to know.

    • Word count: 1308
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    Dr Jekll and Mr Hyde

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    However, Dr Jekyll had suppressed his 'pleasures' for too long and his darker side grew stronger and stronger inside him throughout his life. Many of the 'pleasures' Hyde was able to have included drinking alcohol, and gambling as well as being able to fulfill many of his sexual desires. I believe that Jekyll was guilty of 'that crime upon so pitiful as provocation', which he committed through Hyde, because he had a choice to drink the potion again and carrying on with his devilish deeds or suppress his darker side from committing such devious crimes.

    • Word count: 1493
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    Jekyll and Hyde Essay

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    A human is half pleasant and half wicked and in this novel this theme comes up regularly. Other techniques used are included in setting, dialogue, character description and imagery. The setting is the first place where contrast can be seen. One contrast is the setting of where Mr Hyde is first seen. The description of the street creates a pleasurable image. "air of invitation," and "row of smiling sales women,". These phrases suggest the street is welcoming and uses similes to show this. This charming street contrasted to it's own neighbourhood. "shone out in contrast to it's dingy neighbourhood," and "like a fire in a forest,".

    • Word count: 1028
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    How and why does Stephenson explore the duality of man(TM)s nature in Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde(TM)?

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    But his worked showed the link that humans have to primates and how they are their ancestors. This is shown y Stephenson as he describes a lot of Hyde's emotions and actions as those of which an animal and, more importantly, a primate would have. "The animal within me licking the chops of memory" The story was written in the third person from the point of view from Mr Utterson. This shows an outsider's point of view which seems to show that he is solving the mystery at the same time we are, he knows as much as we do therefore his surprise and curiosity make the reader want to keep on reading because it is as thought we are inside his head.

    • Word count: 1712
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    does Robert Louis Stevenson explore the duality of human nature in Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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    During the time when the book was written, people who looked different or who had disabilities or deformities which are widely accepted today, were not liked and were usually shut away. This is why no one liked or talked to Hyde. There is proof of this in the lines "I had taken a loathing to the man at first sight" and "gave me a look so ugly, it brought out the sweat on me like running".

    • Word count: 584
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    How does Stevenson present the duality of man

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    Apart from Jekyll and Hyde there is another pair of names that show R.L. Stevensons theme of the duality of man and they are Mr Utterson and Mr Richard Enfield. Utterson is described as "backward in sentiment, lean, long, dusty, dreary" "cold scanty" a rugged face "Yet somehow loveable" this in the very first sentence introducing the theme of the duality of man. The novel contains motifs of secrets and things hidden. This idea is brought through by darkness gross darkness of the night", not been able to see and weather like fog the fog began to lie thickly" making things hard to see/ can't make out the full picture.

    • Word count: 850

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • To what extent does the novella

    "In conclusion, the book often compares things to having a good or evil side, even in the imagery of simple objects. There are strong connections to each person containing a good and evil side, which I believe Stevenson fully thought. I also believe that a person has a good and evil parts, it just depends on which path you choose to follow in your life."

  • Analyse how Stevenson uses settingatmosphere and characters to help the reader interprete a sense of danger,threat and horror.

    "Dr. Jekyll in his will leave all of his possessions to Hyde in the strange case of his disappearance. The readers are truly mystified to find that a highly thought of person such as Jekyll wishes to leave all of his possessions to such a horrible person such as Hyde. I found that the part of the story containing the most suspense was when Jekyll had locked himself in his room. Stevenson describes what goes on in this extract. But the words were hardly uttered, before the smile was struck out of his face and succeeded by an expression of such abject terror and despair, as froze the very blood of the two gentlemen below. They saw it but for a glimpse, for the window was instantly thrust down; but that glimpse, had been sufficient, and they turned and left the court without a word. In silence, too they traversed the by street; and it was not until they had come into a neighbouring thoroughfare, where even upon a Sunday there were still some stirrings of life, that Mr Utterson at last turned and looked at his companion. They were both pale; and there was an answering horror in their eyes God forgive us! God forgive us!"

  • Discuss Stevensons presentation of the charchacter of Mr Hyde in the novel

    "In conclusion, I think that Hyde has been portrayed to be the pure evil of Victorian times and that Robert Louis Stevenson was really writing about the battle between good and evil. For example the times all through the book when Jekyll has had to clear up after Hyde's mess (trampling the child was covered up with a cheque) is like the Victorians having to clear up after mistakes in their society and lives. Another example is Hyde being scared that Jekyll could stop him from living, which is saying that in the end good has more power over evil. In the book there is also an element of pity towards Hyde, as if he is the misunderstood character, but I suppose this pity for him could be a trap and in the end you will never see any real good out of him, this is along the lines of what Jekyll said in the final chapter. In this book, Stevenson has focused on Juxtaposition (opposites) and Jekyll and Hyde's battle with each other is a metaphor of this. This book was a horror novel in Victorian times, and rightly so, with their obsession with hell and "Jack the Ripper" still roaming the streets this novel gave them even more reason to fear God and the evils that surround them."

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