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The Strange case of dr. jekyll and mr. hyde - letter

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The Strange case of dr. jekyll and mr. hyde - english coursework Dear James, It has been too long since we last communicated. I trust things are better with you and yours than they are with me. I have some distressing news. It is with great dismay that I tell you that our dear friends Henry Jekyll and Lanyon have died, or have been killed should I say. There is no easy way of telling you this but I desperately need someone to talk to as it has been suppressed for too long now. It is time things should be brought to the attention of whoever it may concern. I am telling you this because Jekyll kept too much secret; this eventually drove him to 'kill' himself. I dread to think what will happen to me if I keep this dark, evil event to myself like my once dear friend did. Maybe I should start from the beginning. I have been Dr. Jekyll's lawyer and friend for many years now. It was long before I was concerned about his relationship with a mysterious Mr. Hyde to whom Jekyll left a quarter of a million pounds in a Will which he placed in my own guardianship. Despite my serious uncertainties I, decided to agree to this arrangement that I would administer the Will whatever the circumstances. After all, I didn't think there was anything Jekyll wouldn't have done for me if I asked him. However, it was not long before Jekyll's manner towards our companionship changed. ...read more.

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Pool� also said that they see little of the doctor because he spends most of the time in the laboratory, using the 'old dissecting-room door'. I then left, filled with sorrow for Jekyll who I was convinced was being haunted by a past crime, which Hyde is using to blackmail him. There is definitely an atmosphere of secrecy which I feel Jekyll is determined to maintain. Come to think of it, we all have secrets having looked back upon my own life. I am now determined to pursue Hyde to discover his secret and thwart his attempts to inherit from Jekyll's Will. Two weeks later I was invited round Dr. Jekyll's house along with other old friends for dinner. I remained behind after dinner whilst everyone left to discuss the Will. I expressed my strong disapproval and told him all the evil things I have heard about Mr. Hyde although Dr. Jekyll turned pale and refused to be drawn on the subject. Although Jekyll had earlier dismissed his friend Lanyon as an 'ignorant blatant pedant', I presumed Jekyll's dismissal of Lanyon was based on the argument over scientific matters. He then declared his respect and admiration for me 'the light-hearted and loose-tongued'. He assured me things were not as bad as I thought and that he could rid himself of Hyde whenever he chooses. He then begged me to keep these matters very much to myself and also made sure that I would allow Hyde to receive what is legally due to him should anything happen to Jekyll. ...read more.

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I have not yet come to terms of the sheer hypocrisy of a well-respected physician and chemist turning into a 'beast of a man' described in numerous animalistic images. Even the streets have an alter ego. Behind one door is a greatly respected man with a high status in society and yet you turn the corner only to find another door with what only can be described as a monster with no conscience or a sense of morality. I look upon this as a struggle between good and evil. It conveys the tension between reality and illusion. I have now learned even the most respected people have something to hide. This is as Hyde was a representative figure. He symbolises corruption, the lure of evil - the devil that lurks within every man. This only amplifies how evil, once nurtured, can grow and become a dominant trait in human nature. It was such a tragedy that our dearly loved friend Dr. Henry Jekyll had to die. It was simply a brilliant mind killed by curiosity. Dr. Jekyll soon didn't know who he was. His original self had been altered. He ultimately lost his moral and psychological side and consequently, he committed suicide, all through the process of ambition. I express regret for telling you such tragic news but I desperately needed to talk to someone as my close ones around me have been taken from me. I look forward to hearing from you. Take care. Your true friend, Gabriel Utterson. ...read more.

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