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Jekyll And Hyde - Prose Study Coursework Why read "The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde"?

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Jekyll And Hyde - Prose Study Coursework Why read "The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde"? Everyone has heard of Jekyll and Hyde. The two infamous characters that portray the main roles in The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde. Yet, even with this phenomenal status of the book, surprisingly, not many people know what is really represented inside its pages. Firstly, to understand what made The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde a classical story known by young and old alike, we must look at where it began. As a child, Stevenson was very much obsessed with William Deacon Brodie - a notorious criminal from Edinburgh in the 18th Century. Stevenson had a cabinet that was created by Brodie's company in his bedroom, and was fascinated by the history behind it. ...read more.

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The most obvious example in the book if the double life of Jekyll/Hyde. But duality follows in other ways, like Hyde's rooms. The house is in a run-down area of London - Soho, yet the interior is described as "A closet was filled with wire; the plate was of silver, a good picture hung upon the wall, a gift from Henry Jekyll", so the house itself has an idea of duality about it. Another example of duality is made clearer later in the book, several chapters in. 'The door', as it is referenced by characters, is simple a wooden door on a wall with no windows, and is revealed to lead to Dr. Jekyll's Characterisation plays a big role in the memorability of the Novella. Stevenson presents and utilizes characters in regards to their importance, and uses characters to unfold the story in a true detective style, while keeping a 3rd person narrative. ...read more.

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Hyde is shown to us by Stevenson as an evil character through the use of the word 'Juggernaut', which has a sense of overpowering strength for a evil purpose, and the child makes us see how Hyde is abusive and does not care for other people. It is hard to explain how Robert Louis Stevenson's novella, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is worth reading. The characterisation lets us understand the characters in a way that modern-day horror doesn't - and the method of storytelling is unique and compelling. Stevenson uses thorough use of language throughout that helps us understand characters emotions and the environments that Stevenson chose to set the novella in. So in Conclusion, there is not a single reason why you should not read The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, which in every way, is a perfect horror story. ...read more.

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