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Explore the presentation of Dr Jekyll and his alter-ego Mr Hyde

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Explore the presentation of Dr Jekyll and his Alter-ego Mr Hyde in the "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson was written in the late Victorian period. Due to its innovative new ideas it was a very shocking novella and had a huge impact on society. Because of its originality the ideas of this book have affected many aspects of life, language being one of them as the phrase a Jekyll and Hyde character is still being used. There a number of ways Robert Louis Stevenson presents the character Hyde in "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". One of the most obvious ways is through his actions. The first time we come across Hyde in the book is when Mr Enfield was telling Mr Utterson about a night when he saw Hyde trample a little girl. What he says is "For the man trampled calmly over the child's body and left her screaming on the ground." The fact that he trampled over someone for no apparent reason, shocks the reader. But it is made worse because it is a little girl so the reader has more sympathy for her, where as if it was a big bulky man who was strong as an ox the reader wouldn't have had as much sympathy. The reader deduces that it isn't an accident because Robert Louis Stevenson used trampled, which indicates he did it intentionally. ...read more.

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Another thing that Robert Louis Stevenson does to present the character of Hyde is have characters not fully concentrate on him and concentrate on someone else who is more pleasing to look at. A prime example of this is in the chapter of the Carew murder case, when the maid is looking at Danvers Carew instead of Hyde. This makes Hyde action as a bigger shock as it seems to come out of nowhere. Also it adds an air of mystery around Hyde as he is one of the main characters and he is not concentrated as much. Also it is also thought that when people know very little about things some are intrigued but the majority have a great fear of the unknown. One point that is blatantly obvious is Robert Louis Stevenson does to present the character of Hyde is by describing his appearance. A common saying use through out life is: "Don't judge a book by its cover" well this saying does not apply here, as I think that Robert Louis Stevenson has Hyde's appearance say a lot about him. Through out the book Robert Louis Stevenson makes it obvious that Hyde is ugly and displeasing to look at. But he is not only ugly but also he gives him an undistinguishable air of deformity, which makes him even uglier. This also adds an element of mystery to Hyde's appearance, as this deformity cannot be explained so it is left to the reader to visualization Hyde, as they want. ...read more.

Conclusion

Here the reader recognises why Jekyll did what he did and also understands that originally he had good intentions. The reader then finds out how Jekyll looses control and how immediately he knows he has done something wrong. Because of this the reader feels sorry for Jekyll. However some people may be very cynical of Jekyll and say that it was his own fault, as he should have not tried to play God. Others my say that his ideas were not plausible because good and evil are binary opposites, so without one you can't have the other. Although he says he knew had done wrong, he also says that he enjoyed his evil side as it granted freedom. But the reader can relate to this to a certain extent because we all would like to be free and do as we please but because of the society we live in sometimes we are not permitted to. So overall Jekyll is presented as an old, wealthy, good intentioned man who tried to separate the good part of humans from the bad parts of humans. Unfortunately the experiment went wrong and he lost control and paid the price for trying to play God. Or his basic idea was flawed which led to his down fall. Overall the way both of these characters are portrayed and presented in many different ways but all very effective. Hyde the pure evil, loathed and ugly side. Jekyll the old, wealthy, well-respected and good intentioned man. Because of the books dramatic effect on people it has had a lasting effect on society and will continue to do so. Ricky Dhaliwal - 1 - ...read more.

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