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

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Prose Study: Evaluate Stevenson's depiction of the murder of Sir Danvers Carew Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the novel "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde." The novel is set in the society of Victorian London and was written in 1886. The story tells of a middle-class respectable man, who's profession as a scientist one day leads him to experiment with a potion in his laboratory. He does this due to the fact that he is living in a society where he is seen to be highly respectable and where individuals have only one personality, i.e. being good. This potion goes wrong, resulting in a personality splitting into two opposite directions, one being evil and the other being good, causing horrific situations and terrible events like murders. The scene in which Carew is murdered is a very important scene as it is a turning point in the novel. It is the first major crime that Hyde has committed, and so it makes the reader wonder whether the mystery is finally going to be revealed as he has committed a serious crime and there is no way that he can escape. In this scene, Stevenson utilizes a range of different devices and techniques to add efficacy to the scene and the novel. The scene starts off with a strong first sentence. Stevenson uses the first sentence to grab the reader's attention and to make them want to read on and know what is actually going to happen that is so momentous. ...read more.


Stevenson uses strong and solid language to describe the details of the crime, for example the words "clubbed" and "flame of anger," are used to indicate the anger inside Hyde. The reader is also made to notice that the murder was very vicious and ferocious, the words in the scene that implies this are "brandishing," "trampling" and "underfoot." There is also another contrast in the way Stevenson describes the meeting and then the murder. When Carew and Hyde first meet, Carew was speaking in a "polite" way and Hyde "answered never a word," which gives the reader the perception that things were quiet and not much communication was going on. But then there is a huge transformation, and the air is full of anger and aggression, this makes the scene effective as the two contrasts are very different, making the reader question why. The first sentence prepares the reader for what has just happened in a diminutive way as we know that something significant is going to happen, but at the same time the reader is also stunned as they did not think that the event would be this massive and horrifying and are a little shocked. Stevenson describes both Carew and Hyde in different ways, as Carew has calm words and Hyde has angry and aggressive words. For example Carew is described as "beautiful," "aged," "innocent," "polite," "gentleman," and has "old world kindness," whereas Hyde is described as "ape-like," "mad," "frenzied," "rude," "disliked," and also has a "ill-contained patience." ...read more.


This is also a bit like the story of Jack the Ripper. This symbolism is vital in the importance of the scene, as it gives the reader a new perspective of the murder; this also makes it very effective and makes the reader want to read further on. At the time of the Victorian Society, there were many new theories and ideas. For example Charles Darwin came up with the theory of evolution, which influences Stevenson as he describes Hyde as "ape-like." Also there was a lot of interest in science. Stevenson was influenced by many people, and has used some of these theories and ideas in his novel. There was also a lot of contradiction in Victorian Society. People like Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens wrote novels based on the two sides to Victorian Society, i.e. the rich and the veneer of respectability compared to the poor and the criminals. This novel was also based on the theory of the "Doppelganger." This extract of the novel adds a major turning point, which shows the reader what Hyde is like and how the society did not accept him. Stevenson wrote this scene very well as he describes the murder successfully and it has different contrasts in it making the reader want to read it and leaving them totally stunned throughout the whole scene. The novel "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde," was very successful as it has been around for many years and is still being enjoyed today and will be for many years yet to come. ...read more.

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