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"There Are Some Things That Are Best Kept Private".To What Extent Does The Opening Chapter OfThe Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll & Mr.HydeIllustrate This View?

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"THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT ARE BEST KEPT PRIVATE". TO WHAT EXTENT DOES THE OPENING CHAPTER OF The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll & Mr.Hyde ILLUSTRATE THIS VIEW? Assignment 1 In this assignment, I will be reading through the opening chapter of this novel and trying to explain to what extent the characters reveal things about themselves and what they keep to themselves. Also I will illustrate the way people's reputation is presented. I will use examples from the text itself to back up my explanations and focus on the four main characters which are Utterson, Enfield, Jekyll and Hyde. I feel that privacy and reputation is very important to the plot of this story. Mr. Utterson is a lawyer, he is described as a man of 'rugged countenance', that was never lightened by a smile; cold, scanty and 'embarrassed in discourse'; 'backward in sentiment'; lean, long, dusty, dreary, 'and yet somehow lovable'. He seems to be insecure with the fact that he keeps things to himself. He only has a few friends whom are related therefore he has become very acquainted with them for a very long period of time. He is not very social and appears not to favour visiting places. 'He enjoyed the theatre, but had not crossed the door of one for twenty years'. ...read more.

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and he whipped out a check from Coutts, a well respected bank for respectable and important people. Enfield knew deep down that something wasn't right and this cheque didn't belong to him, it couldn't be, he needed to set his mind at rest. Utterson and Enfield both agreed not to delve into other peoples business, and would not discuss this incident again. This is an example of how the characters use privacy to try and protect people's reputation (Dr. Jekyll). In this particular time period (Late 19th Century/Early 20th Century) a person's reputation was very important and keeping it that way was necessary even if you had to keep your darkest secrets private. This is portrayed well in this novel. Mr. Utterson. After hearing the story, reacts in a serious manner rather then the way Enfield does which isn't . He agrees to everything he says and then says 'It is a bad and sad story'. We know that secretly he believes that anyone is capable of doing bad deeds and deep down it doesn't bother him at all. To be honest, I don't think he even cares. He presents himself to be much more serious then he really is. Each person involved with the incident has different reasons for keeping it private. They all want no one to find out what actually happened. ...read more.

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Once again this proves the importance of privacy to maintain a person's reputation. I can sum up the opening chapter of "The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" by saying to what extent privacy and reputation is illustrated. Enfield and Utterson explain many times that they will not interfere with the situation and that they should keep quiet about everything. They know by now that Dr.Jekyll has something to do with it but aren't 100% sure whether it is the well respected doctor who is to blame. That's why they want to keep private what they know so that no one else will find out. This suggests that things are best kept private as there are lots of secrets about everyone and if you would like your reputation then it's in your best interests that they are never leaked out. Respect for Jekyll is clear and Utterson and Enfield are sure that this will affect him in a great deal. Even Jekyll would now that his livelihood is under jeopardy and his evil side should be kept private no matter what. I have shown how important these can be, especially in this time period, you're life could depend on your reputation and you must keep that intact at all costs. You must keep your 'evil' side private for it to stay that way. ?? ?? ?? ?? Joshua Stanton Candidate No. 9127, Centre No. 12234 English Coursework - GCSE Prose Study ...read more.

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