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Analyse the significance of the opening chapter of Robert Louis Stevenson's" The strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" to the novel as a whole and the effects of social, historical and cultural influences upon its creation. The novel we had read was The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The name of the author who wrote the book was called Robert Louis Stevenson. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the novel and published it in 1886. The plot of the story was about a great scientist called Dr Jekyll who makes a potion to split both halves of his personality and creates the Mr Hyde who is his evil side and he cannot control him. At the time the book Jekyll and Hyde was made it was the Victorian period. In Victorian England there was a big difference between people, there was the rich and the poor. The rich have more than enough like big expensive houses and lived in the west end. ...read more.


Things that make a good horror story like Dr Jekyll ad Mr Hyde are darkness, a detective, a villain, a murder and a mystery. Stevenson uses all of these aspects in his story. In the story the detective is Mr Utterson because he tyres to unravel the case. The villain was Mr Hyde because he did terrible things like murders people like he murders the 1st class MP In Stevenson's time, gothic horror stories were very popular and exiting, just like the films in the cinema and DVD are today. Many people enjoyed these kind of stories would read penny dreadful's which were short, thrilling, shocking and very cheap to buy. In this, Stevenson might have been influenced by a story like Frankenstein. Dr Frankenstein created Frankenstein like Jekyll created Hyde and in both stories they both came out of control. In a story, settings are very important, this is because it shows the differences between people and the way they live. ...read more.


Also Mr Utterson and Dr Jekyll are kind men and Mr Enfield and Mr Hyde are not because they are very mysterious and are usually looking for trouble. Mr Edward Hyde represents the evil in men. The beast in people. Mr Hyde is very anti-social, instinctual, amoral, brutal and lacking in conscience. We know this because in the book it says he tramples all over a young girl and if Mr Enfield did not approach him he would just have carried on and not paid the family of and the little girl would have died. Mr Hyde looks very mysterious, it says in the book "He is not easy to describe. There is something wrong with his appearance, something downright detestable." Robert Louise Stevenson could have been influenced by Darwin and his theory of evolution, which was that man was once ape and if he was right Stevenson was suggesting that Dr Jekyll evil side was the less evolved side of him which was acting like the ape and this was Mr Hyde. Antony Shawcross 10YP ...read more.

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