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Jeckyll and Hyde. One way in which Stevenson engages the readers interest is by creating an eerie atmosphere that makes the reader feel uneasy.

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One way in which Stevenson engages the reader's interest is by creating an eerie atmosphere that makes the reader feel uneasy. The time of day that Stevenson sets for this chapter contributes to the atmosphere that makes the reader feel anxious. "It was a wild, cold, seasonable night of March." Here we can see that Stevenson has set this scene at "night" because the night is normally associated with darkness and this suggests fear that is building up in the characters. This is a typical gothic setting, which creates a gothic atmosphere making the reader again feel anxious and uneasy. Another way Stevenson creates an eerie atmosphere is by using the moon as the only source of light: "It was a cold seasonable night of March, with a pale moon, lying on her back as though the wind had titled her, and a flying wrack of the most diaphanous and lawny texture." Here the setting immediately tells the reader that it is a dark a dreary wild night. The moon being the only light source creates a gothic atmosphere, as it is very common in gothic stories to have only one light source being the moon. ...read more.


"The wind, which only broke in puffs and draughts into that deep well of building, tossed the light of the candle to and fro about their steps," The "light of the candle moving to and fro" tell us that the candle is flickering. This movement of the candle creates moving shadows, which creates uncertainty in the characters thus creating an eerie atmosphere. This makes the reader feel concerned, as they don't know what might be in the moving shadows. When Poole and Utterson are on a journey to Jekyll's house, Stevenson further engages the reader by using characters feeling to create and eerie atmosphere. One way he achieves this is by making Utterson, an otherwise very calm and levelheaded man, show concern and fear while on his way to Jekyll's house: "He could have wished it otherwise; never in his life had he been conscious of so sharp a wish to see and touch his fellow creatures; for, struggle as he might, there was borne in upon his mind a crushing anticipation of calamity." ...read more.


This makes the reader concerned and afraid because Poole, a calm person, is being "strangled" by fear suggesting again that there really is something to be afraid about. The reader can't help but notice that Utterson's anticipation is described as "crushing" and Poole's anguish is described as "strangling". Both these words suggest that the fear is so intense that its crushing the life out of them. This engages the reader because all this fear is entirely unexplained, even Poole and Utterson do not know why they are terrified. When they arrive at the square, Stevenson uses pathetic fallacy to reflect the growing intensity of Poole and Utterson's fear. " The square, when they got there, was all full of wind and dust and the thin trees in the garden were lashing themselves along the railing." Here the reader can see the turbulence of the weather by the way the wind lashes the trees suggesting the intensity of the wind and the wildness of the night. The word "lashing" has an onomatopoeic quality suggesting the speed and sharpness of movement, which suggests the sharpness of the wind. The turbulence of the weather reflects the turbulence of Pole and Utterson's emotions. Hazeera Ishaq ...read more.

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