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How does Robert Louis Stevenson create an atmosphere of mystery and suspense, yet at the same time leave us a number of clues that help us to discover the identity of Hyde before the last two chapters?

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The first eight chapters of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde read as a mystery story. How does Robert Louis Stevenson create an atmosphere of mystery and suspense, yet at the same time leave us a number of clues that help us to discover the identity of Hyde before the last two chapters? During the Nineteenth century, horror stories were getting more popular than ever. Several distinctive horror stories, like Dracula, Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are still known today. These stories were not set in busy countries, but written as happening in Transylvania, Switzerland, the Arctic, and other far away and little known countries. The setting links to some peculiar characteristics of the main characters as we can see with Dracula. No one may wish to look at him or talk to him, because Dracula is such a scary, ugly and disgusting personality and appearance. These kinds of characters make people more afraid when they read. It needs to be noted that these novels are not structured as a continuous narration. Robert Louis Stevenson writes this novel in contemporary settings, which means the settings of this story are not far from London. The reason is probably to make the reader feel much more scared, because there is a hidden risk near where we live. In addition, the author tries to stir uncertain feelings in the reader by creating a dual character that has both evil and good sides. ...read more.

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However, after being identified by Mr. Utterson and the police, the brutal image of Mr. Hyde was cleared up and brought this horror story to the end. After the disappearance of Mr. Hyde for a year, he becomes much more atrocious. We can see this from the murder he commits. This following sentence 'the bones were audibly shattered and the body jumped upon the roadway' shows how brutal he is. It is suggested to the reader that he has been waiting for the brutal attack on the girl to be forgotten before releasing his anger with the murder of Sir. Carew. The other quite important supporting characters in this story are Mr. Utterson, Dr. Lanyon and Poole. In this novel, they are witnessing many strange events and try to find out about those happenings. In case of Mr. Utterson, he has a quite close relationship with many important characters, especially Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Lanyon. This following quote shows how close they are 'you and I must be the two oldest friends that Henry Jekyll has?' Mr. Utterson in this story keeps trying to find out the real identity of Mr. Hyde using various evidence. He can be called an individualist. We can see the reason why he is an individualist by his comment 'I incline to Cain's heresy', but he is also a nice person, because he never judges people without having a relationship with them. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jekyll is Mr. Hyde. The physical appearance of that man is mentioned by Poole, he is short, scary and looks like a monkey. This evidence can help the reader suspect that man. After Mr. Utterson and Poole break the door and fine Mr. Hyde's corpse, the reader wonders where Dr. Jekyll is. This following sentence 'Nowhere was there any trace of Henry Jekyll, dead or alive' builds up the mystery surrounding the place where Dr. Jekyll has gone. Even though some details are still left unexplained, the death of Mr. Hyde means that this story now reaches the end and no more brutal events will happen. However, his death makes us think about the reason why he had to kill himself, the unsolved strange relationship between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the real identity of Mr. Hyde. In conclusion, this story is based on the conflict between Mr. Hyde and Dr. Jekyll, who are two sides of the same person. The description of evil and good will is well presented to the reader. It needs to be noted that the environment were this story is set creates a steady suspense mood and makes a deep impression on the reader. It was a successful story in the Victorian times depicting the fight between evil and good will and does so using a refined sense that could have made the existence of Mr. Hyde a reality for them. Handoo Seo 11DN Teacher : Mrs. Fieldhouse 1 ...read more.

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