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How Stevenson uses his techniques as a writer to present character and atmosphere in 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyd

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GCSE Robert Louis Stevenson

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How Stevenson uses his techniques as a writer to present character and atmosphere in 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'

'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' by the young Robert Louis Stevenson was published in 1886.

The story, which concerns the way in which an individual is made up of different emotions and desires, some good and some evil is told from the point of view of John Utterson. Mr Utterson is a lawyer and friend to the respected and brilliant scientist, Dr. Henry Jekyll. After relating a disturbing tale of an angry fiend assaulting a small girl, Utterson begins to question the odd behaviour of his friend. As Mr Utterson investigates and is entangled further into the life of Dr. Jekyll, he uncovers a story so horrific, so terrifying, that he is shocked. In the final chapter, Jekyll confesses in a full statement, that he has led a double life, his researches into separating his personality into good and evil, and the gradual ascendancy of evil and monstrous Mr Hyde over hypocritical Dr Jekyll. This transformation though, one day becomes involuntary and Jekyll is unable to reverse it because he

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