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How are Mr Utterson, Dr Jekyll, Dr, Lanyon and Mr Enfield the same and why is Mr Hyde so despised by them?

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Jane Bradley Wednesday 14th January How are Mr Utterson, Dr Jekyll, Dr, Lanyon and Mr Enfield the same and why is Mr Hyde so despised by them? During the Victorian era class and etiquette were considered to be incredibly important and the Victorians held very specific ideas of how people of a certain class and background should behave. Victorian society had very unambiguous expectations of how the perfect gentleman should conduct themselves, a stereotype which all the main male characters fall into and one which Mr Hyde certainly does not. However, everything was not all sunshine and light in the Victorian era, there was also a shady side to their society, a side were prostitution, drugs, and drink was common place and accepted. The Victorian Upper Class always tried to ignore this part of their society, it was thought of as something which was disgusting and wrong, a lot like the way Mr Hyde was thought of. ...read more.


However, the complete opposite is true of Mr Hyde. Mr Hyde is portrayed as a very emotional character who is not in control of himself or his actions. This is brought to attention with devastating consequences in 'The Carew Murder Case'. This chapter describes Mr Hyde's 'ferocious' attack on his victim. He is described as 'listening with ill-contained impatience' to Mr Carew which demonstrates Mr Hyde's lack of manners, and then how 'all of a sudden he broke out in a great flame of anger/ and carried on like a madman.' This paragraph in particular shows us what sort of person Mr Hyde really is. His actions show him to be a violent man, who shows no mercy (the fact that his victim was an elderly, somewhat delicate, man adds to horror of what Mr Hyde did), and one who cannot control himself (the way Mr Hyde is described as breaking out in 'a great flame of anger' is interesting, fire is wild and uncontrollable, perhaps a little like Mr Hyde himself). ...read more.


Because Mr Hyde lives in a sordid part of London, does not have the 'right' connections, and has no fixed source of income he is immediately thought to be a disreputable, untrustworthy person. Another interesting point is that Mr Hyde was often described as being 'deformed' by other characters but what if this is only in the other characters minds? Perhaps because he is so different from all of the other characters they feel like there is something 'wrong' with Mr Hyde, maybe this is what leads to their impression of Mr Hyde's deformity? So, fundamentally Mr Hyde is so despised by Mr Utterson, Dr Jekyll, Dr Lanyon and Mr Enfield not only because of the horrendous crimes he committed but also because he is the complete opposite of them and of what Victorian society decrees as the perfect gentleman. Whilst Mr Hyde is ill-mannered, uncontrollable, violent and of an ambiguous background, the other main male characters are polite, refined, well-educated and have a good background, to them Mr Hyde is abnormal. 1 ...read more.

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