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Explore Robert Louis Stevenson's use of symbols and places in "Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde"

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Explore Robert Louis Stevenson's use of symbols and places in "Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde". Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. Stevenson qualified as a lawyer but his one ambition was to become a writer, with support from his father he later fulfilled his ambition and went on to write Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Victorian England at this time was going through massive change and industrialisation, within this time huge progress was made in technology, industry and commerce. However, there was still a great deal of poverty and suffering which Victorian people wished to ignore. In this story I will be exploring the two sides of human nature to hold a mirror up to Victorian society. To do this successfully I will be looking at symbols and places in the story where I can make valid points on. "Man is not one, but truly two." Is Jekyll's idea that each of us is made into two separate people who battle for supremacy and control. ...read more.

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If Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde were given separate lives I think we would be able to observe who lived a happier lifestyle out of the two and if we could show it Dr Jekyll maybe it be easier for him to choose which side he would want to live as. In the story the reader is made to believe that Dr Jekyll is a well-respected Victorian gentleman. This is shown to the reader using this quotation "A large, well-made, smooth-faced man of fifty, with something of a stylish cast perhaps, but every mark of capacity and kindness". This is a good description given to the reader by Stevenson of Dr Jekyll describing him as a nice warm gentleman. Dr Jekyll is known to the reader to be a well-respected doctor of science. In Victorian times people were only just getting a full understanding of medicine. So he must have been a trustworthy and respected person working in such a highly regarded field of work. ...read more.

Conclusion

But his laboratory, which can be accessed through the back door, has a sinister look and a look of negligence. Two sides with such differences but so close to each other. In conclusion Stevenson illustrates that man has a dual nature in many different ways. He uses the setting to give the reader different sides of Victorian London. Stevenson uses Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde's houses to show the reader their nature whether it is good or bad. Stevenson uses the London fog to give the reader the feeling of uneasiness about the setting. Stevenson uses the Victorian society to show the reader what the typical gentleman is. Stevenson uses the repressive society to show the reader that all men have a dual nature. Stevenson makes Dr Jekyll's character change slowly. He uses good crimes to make the reader think why. The other characters also show a bit of a dual nature. Stevenson uses two different narratives to give the reader two sides to the story. Throughout the story Stevenson uses good language and different concepts to show that man has a dual nature. ...read more.

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