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How do the appearances of Edward Hyde contribute to the sense of tension and suspense in the novel? Discuss with close reference to the text.

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How do the appearances of Edward Hyde contribute to the sense of tension and suspense in the novel? Discuss with close reference to the text. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a horror story set in London, in the 19th century during a post Darwinian nightmare. The first time we hear of Hyde, there is a sense of inhumanity, he is "pale and dwarfish" with a "displeasing smile" and many people had a "desire to kill him". It is clear that Hyde is considered to be animal-like as the text states "Mr Hyde shrank back with a hissing intake of breath".These unconventional descriptions give the reader an impression that Hyde is evil and any person who views Hyde is filled with fear, disgust and loathing. ...read more.

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In the search for hyde, Utterson goes to confront Hyde when Hyde, "shrank back with a hissing intake of breath." Very much like a snake which is believed to be the image of the devil. When Utterson mentions Jekyll, Hyde firstly loses his temper. He then answers with, "Jekyll wouldn't have told you!" This means that there is something going on between Jekyll and Hyde, and it is probably more than simple blackmail which creates tension. Hyde then quickly finishes the conversation and then runs inside his house. Utterson's thoughts on the way back to his house describe Hyde as, "hardly human", and that he regards him with, "unknown disgust, loathing and fear. ...read more.

Conclusion

But suddenly he bursts out and threatened him with the cane, "broke out of all bounds" and battered him to the ground. Hyde is considered to be "like a madman" and have an "ape-like fury", this gives the reader fear, disgust and loathing.This tells us the reader that Mr. Hyde has grown in fury. From trampling over a child in the first scene, he now commits murder for no reason. In Doctor Lanyon's Narrative, the messanger for Jekyll "was dressed in a fashion that would have made an ordinary person laughable", this description gives us a clue that this person is Mr Hyde and creates tension. Mr Hyde puts a glass to his lipsand appears as Henry Jekyll, this creates tension and suspense as we wonder what happens to Dr Lanyon. ...read more.

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