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How is horror created through violence in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

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How is horror created through violence in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Violence is 'Physical force exerted for the purpose of violating, damaging, or abusing'. In Story of the Door Hyde tramples over the girl 'calmly'. This adverb is used to show that Hyde has no mercy whatsoever. The girl is described as being of the age of 'maybe eight or ten' which makes her seem more vulnerable. The use of the word 'trample' is reinforced by deploying the lexical choice 'juggernaut'. A juggernaut is a force that crushes anything in its way, so this suggests that Hyde will crush the girl and it is also a similie. This is applied to show how atrocious the actions of Hyde are. In Carew Murder Case the victim is attacked in a similar way. It seemed an old man by the name of Sir Danvers Carew was asking Hyde for directions when he lost his patience. Carew is described as being 'an aged and beautiful gentleman with white hair' and 'the older man bowed and accosted the other with a very pretty manner of politeness.' After stamping his foot, Hyde brandishes a cane like a madman. Hyde broke out of all bounds and 'clubbed him to the earth'. The old man is described as being 'clubbed 'which is a very primitive weapon. ...read more.


It also creates mystery and information is occulted. This makes the reader very tense. It leaves the reader on the edge of their seat. This will engage the reader and encourage them to read on. Examples of this are 'first fog' and 'reinvasion of darkness' that are both used in Carew Murder Case. Also, part of the story is set at midnight. This is the change from one day to another and is like the transformation of Jekyll to Hyde. 'in the small hours' and 'the early part of the night' are some quotations from The Carew Murder Case. The actual transformation that occurs from Jekyll to Hyde is not revealed until Dr Lanyon's Narrative. It is so shocking that Dr Lanyon actually dies from the incident. This is because Lanyon sees the evil within himself and within everyone. This also shows that the Victorian morality was a very respectable one. As Hyde drank the potion 'a cry followed' and 'he reeled, staggered, clutched at the table'. In this sentence a triadic cluster is deployed to intensify how Hyde reacts to the potion and he also cries for help, suggesting a powerful reaction to the drug. His 'infected eyes' suggest he has a disease. The first clue that is given to show he is transforming is his 'features seemed to melt and alter'. ...read more.


Finally, in 1859 Charles Darwin wrote the book entitled 'Origin of the species'. This caused uproar because for the first time in history people began to question religious beliefs. The whole of the Victorian community was horrified by the idea that humans had evolved from apes. This links into Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde because there was a lot of reference to this evolutionary theory. Hyde was described as being 'ape-like' and 'troglodytic'. The point that Stevenson was making was that there is a Hyde in everyone and Hyde represents the beast in man. The conclusion I have come to is that, in the 1880's, people didn't have entertainment like TV and films. They were entertained from books. When Jekyll and Hyde was published, it entertained many Victorian readers. It scared them because they had no other source of entertainment apart from books and so they wouldn't know about these horrible things. However, nowadays the modern society watches horror films on a daily basis and it is getting even harder for film producers to 'scare' the reader. For example, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is now a cartoon series. Children watch it at home and laugh at it. They are not scared by it. It seems tamed to us now. Because of all these modern inventions books are now getting less and less popular. This is why we are not horrified by Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Adhal Mahmood ...read more.

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