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How does Robert Louis Stevenson use setting in chapter 1 2 and 4 of the

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Jekyll and Hyde how does Robert Louis Stevenson use setting in chapter 1 2 and 4 of the "the strange case of doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" help us to: * Understand what is happening in the novel * Understand and appreciate the characters more fully * Appreciate Stevenson's skill as a writer * Learn more about 20th century life * Understand Stevenson's purpose "The strange case of doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" was written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1885. The story is set in the late ninetieth century in central London. At the time London was a dark place, were a series of gruesome crimes had taken place, although it was the largest city and richest in the entire world, it contained extremes of wealth and poverty, it was almost as if there was a diving line, as if was London 2 different worlds in one city. One side was wealthy and the residents were well mannered, the other side was dirty and mucky, Stevenson used this to help us understand the idea of one person with two sides one good and one bad in the novel. ...read more.

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Hyde because the door is on one side of the house and it is the only part of the house which is run down. The rest of the house is clean and well looked, this shows the opposite sides. Stevenson use similes and personification in chapter 12 for example it says "like a fire in a forest" this is a simile showing it stands out he also says "like rows of smiling saleswomen" , this is another positive simile which is used, this is also showing the area stands out, but there is also negative descriptions used for example to describe there door " sinister block of building" and "thrust forward" this is contrasting negative and positive within one area, in a close space as thrust forward is a aggressive personification, this links to Hyde as he is two people Jekyll positive Hyde negative and aggressive. Stevenson shows two sides of London by the description of the door and the street, this is trying to show a good side and a bad side of London, this is also linking to the main theme of the duality of nature, good and bad. ...read more.

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In the dream certain phrases are repeated like "move more swiftly and still the more swiftly" these are repeated so we remember this description about Hyde. This once again is trying to show the evil side of a person in the duality of nature. In chapter four a maid witnesses Hyde murdering the wealthy sir Danvers Carew, the weapon used to kill him is recognized by Utterson as Dr Jekylls and as the police investigate they find a burnt cheque book of Jekylls. The violent description of the murder helps us to understand and see who the real murderer is and how evil he is, and what Hyde is really capable of. "She was surprised to recognize him as a certain Mr. Hyde", this shows Hyde is known to many people around. We get to see the duality of nature in Utterson which we haven seen before, as he shows his hate for Hyde by taking the police to his house In soho. Showing he is also has evil within him. In this chapter we also see how evil Hyde actually is by how he brutally murder sir Danvers Carew. ...read more.

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