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

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What contributions to the novel are made by minor characters such as Poole and Sir Edward Danvers? There are many minor characters who play a crucial role in themes and foreshadowing ; they act as triggers for the development of incidents in the story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. These characters are: Enfield, the maid who witnessed Danvers Carew?s murder, Sir Danvers Carew himself, the policeman (Newcomen), the old woman who answers at Hyde?s house and of course, Poole who is Jekyll?s manservant. All these characters are witnesses to events that trigger the movement of the plot. This change in the plot leads to Utterson being drawn back into the mystery. As well as witnesses to events, these characters create an atmosphere of secrecy and hypocrisy ? themes that are incorporated in the novella. Enfield is a witness to a cruel act that Hyde commits. He recounts his story to Utterson. In his description of what happened he describes an atmosphere that is deserted and unnerving which makes him ?begin to long for the sight of a policeman?. ...read more.

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The reader knows what she has seen; as when she recognises ?Mr Hyde who had once visited her master? but Utterson doesn?t, the shifting of first person narrator emphasises secrecy. Also the maid setting the scene in a beautiful way - ?moon was brilliantly lit? with soft descriptions of an ?aged and beautiful gentleman? suggests that the Maid contributes as she is meant to - to give us a false sense of security and then we see the dual nature when Hyde lashes out. Carew himself contributes to the secrecy as he is carrying a ?sealed and stamped envelope...which bore the name and address of Mr Utterson?. The fact that Carew is like a ?messenger?, giving something important to Utterson implies that Carew wanted to inform Utterson of something urgent as he is going to post the letter in the middle of the night. This act emphasises secrecy as the envelope is ?sealed? as well as giving Utterson another part of the puzzle (in addition to the Maid?s story) which he has to put in place. ...read more.

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of details which help build the suspense and mystery of the novel. He is the character who tells Utterson that Hyde has a ?key? to the house and they have orders to ?obey him?. These facts intrigue Mr Utterson in the ?search for Mr Hyde? and lead Mr Utterson to meeting Hyde, a contribution made by Poole. In my opinion, Poole?s contribution adds a sense of secrecy to the novella. By adding important words such as a ?key? to this mysterious door that they have encountered, it makes the other main characters like Utterson (who doesn?t know much about Hyde) understand what sort of person is Hyde and why he gets this special treatment. This hint of secrecy makes us ponder whether Hyde-a vicious ape like creature- is related to Jekyll in any sort of way. In conclusion, I think that all the minor characters play an important role in the movement of the plot while adding to the book?s themes of secrecy, hypocrisy and suppression and each offers Utterson a different piece of the mystery jigsaw which in twists and turns allows him to draw his own conclusions and finalise the puzzle. ...read more.

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