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This piece of coursework is about "How Robert Louis Stevenson creates a sense of horror, mystery and tension in the first two chapters of his novel Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde."

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19th Century Writing Coursework This piece of coursework is about "How Robert Louis Stevenson creates a sense of horror, mystery and tension in the first two chapters of his novel Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde." I shall be examining the novels first two chapters and show clear examples of horror, mystery and tension and explain how they create this senses. I shall be looking at examples of foreshadowing; character descriptions; place names; the atmosphere but I will also look at particular events that occur; the will; character actions and areas of information that are unclear or held back completely from the reader. The beginning of the story deals with the character description of Mr Utterson. He is described as, "... a man of rugged countenance, that was never lightened by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse" This description is not you hear of for the hero of the story. It continues "... Lean, long, dusty, dreary, and yet somehow loveable." Although it does say that, the description long, lean, dusty, dreary suggest one of an old creepy sort of man "...never lightened by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed with discourse." He doesn't socialise with other people because either he is always too busy or as the description says is not a nice person to socialise with altogether. "He was austere with himself; drank gin when he was alone, to mortify a taste for vintages; and though he enjoyed the theatre, had not crossed the doors of one in twenty years." This means that he kept to a routine. Never broke that routine for his on leisure interests. He doest seem to have a happy life, always sticking to the same routine day in day out and also the amount of drink he has suggests that he may be an alcoholic, this maybe a cause of being unsociable. This character description is a practically unpleasant but still unclear and creates a sense of mystery and horror to the novel. ...read more.


" I knew what was in his mind, just as he knew what was in mine; and killing being out of the question, we did the next best. We told the man that we could and would make a scandal out of this, as should make his name stick from one end of London to the other. If he had any friends or any credit, we undertook that he should lose them. And all the time, as we were pitching it in red hot, we were keeping the women off him the best we could, for they were as wild as harpies. I never saw a circle of such hateful faces; and there was he man in the middle, with a king of black sneering coolness - frightened too, I could see that - but carrying it off, sir, really like Satan." This shows emotion from the group of people who had gathered around then child and exactly how strong this emotion was. The emotions are clearly standing out, "we were keeping the women off him the best we could, for they were as wild as harpies." and "I never saw a circle of such hateful faces" make it look like a gang attack or mugging person would be enough to make anyone scared, even Mr Hyde. Many people are scared for their life when a crowd of people have had verbal abuse shouted at them and threatened but somehow he kept a sort of cool about him as if he wasn't sorry for what he did in the slightest. "If you choose to make capital out of this accident," said he, " I am naturally helpless. No gentlemen but wishes to avoid a scene," says he "Name your figure." Well, we screwed him up to a hundred pounds for the child's family; he would have clearly liked to stick out; but there was something about the lot of us that meant mischief, and at last he struck. ...read more.


He then hears footsteps and soon after sees a figure, "He was small, and very plainly dressed; and the look of him, even at that distance, went somehow strongly against the watcher's inclination." When Mr Utterson asks if he is Mr Hyde the man "hisses" and says, "what do you want?" Mr Utterson explains who he is and that he wishes to speak with Dr Jekyll, Mr Hyde replies " You will not find Dr Jekyll; he is from home," replied Mr Hyde. Then he turned suddenly and asked but without looking up "how do you know me?" "On you side," replied Mr Utterson, then he asks to see Mr Hydes face, Hyde Hesitates for a second. Then Hyde asks again "how did you know me?" "By Description" was the reply. "Who's Descriptions?" "We have common friends," said Mr Utterson. "Common Friends!" echoed Mr Hyde, a little hoarsely. "Who are they?" "Jekyll for instance," said the lawyer "He never told you " Cried Mr Hyde, with a flush of anger. Mr Hydes starting to act weird at this point he "snarled aloud into a savage laugh" then "disappears into the house." Mr Utterson starts to walk and think to himself "God bless me the man seems hardly human! Something trogoldytic (caveman)." This description is quite horrific and adds horror to the novel. "O my poor friend Harry Jekyll, if ever I read Satan's signature upon a face, it is on that of your new friend!" Mr Utterson goes to Dr Jekyll's house and is let in by his servant Mr Poole who he has known for years, who goes to find Jekyll but is not in. "...tonight there was a shudder in his blood; the face of Mr Hyde sat heavy on his mind." Poole returns with no Dr Jekyll but says that Mr Hyde has gone upstairs. Mr Utterson then questions Poole about his master's trust with Mr Hyde then says goodnight and leaves. He decides that he may need to help his friend out of the trouble he must have got into. ...read more.

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