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The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde When Mr Utterson, a successful London lawyer, peruses the last will of his old friend Dr Jekyll that his suspicions are aroused. What is the relationship between kind- hearted, respectable Dr Jekyll and the evil, murderous Mr Hyde? Who murdered the distinguished MP, Sir Danvers Carew? So begins Stevenson's spine tingling horror story, the story of Dr Jekyll's alter- ego, and of a hunt throughout the nocturnal streets of London that culminates in some dreadful revelations. In this essay I will show the techniques used that make a horror genre so effective. I will also compare and contrast the characters, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. ...read more.


In chapter 4, there is a great deal of evidence of the techniques used in horror genres, like the setting of the quiet, dark, dingy streets which in most horror stories associates with horror, murder, suspicion, monsters, and other deformities in nature. The weather plays a big part in the story; it affects it by making the atmosphere feel real and blend in with the horror. R. L. Stevenson uses techniques to change the setting and atmosphere into one that suits the story, "it was an early, cloudless night" and a "brilliantly lit lane" with a "full moon", gives the reader the sense of calmness but in other ways it could give the reader the sense of horror as a full moon usually relates to were- wolves in most horror stories. ...read more.


was a stick made of "very tough and heavy wood" which broke "under the stress of his insensate cruelty" This may be the most intense part of the book as well as Stevenson using language devices to show a great contrast of description shown between Carew and Hyde, of good and evil, which makes Mr Hyde an evil character of cruelty. R. L. Stevenson uses a lot of horror imagery to appeal to our senses and describe in quite detail of what the man suffered. Dr Henry Jekyll's character is upright, respectable, and kind hearted, whereas, Mr Edward Hyde's is torturous, evil, terrifying, and to many very, very scary. As you can see the two characters personality is recognisably different. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah Procter ...read more.

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