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Throughout the novel Hyde has a powerful effect on all who encounter him. Choose two different characters and compare how they react to Hyde. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Coursework on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Maryam Jan 10SAS Throughout the novel Hyde has a powerful effect on all who encounter him. Choose two different characters and compare how they react to Hyde. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevenson set in Victorian England 1886 At this time in history there was a huge gap between the modern and respectable community in contrast to the other side, which was well known for its brothels and shadiness. This is the environment in which Robert Louis Stevenson was bought up and this reality of life ties in perfectly with the story. He was more interested in the darker side of life, which is why this novel and his life link together. It is set in the genre of suspense, mystery and a kind of gothic theme. This novel was written at a time when scientific experiments and knowledge was expanding, including the theory of Charles Darwin. He believed that humans had evolved from apes through the survival of the fittest. This was the reason for the huge amount of interest made by the audience at that time because they would have been interested in the scientific advancements. This novel has been the root and foundation for many modern films and books, which makes it just as popular today as it was in 1886. Hyde is one of the main characters in the story. He is encountered in the first chapter. We know he is quite short as Enfield describes him as being "...a little man...". When Mr Utterson sees he also describes him as being "...pale and dwarfish...". Not only Enfield but everyone who bumps into Hyde seems to feel that he gives a "...impression of deformity without any nameable malformation. Even a smile which is associated with happiness is turned sour on Hyde's face - "...displeasing smile...". Everything about Hyde is bad even the simplest things for e.g. ...read more.


Poole also tells him that Hyde pops in and out - "...never dines here...". After this point Poole only comes in and out of this story without no great importance until Utterson gets a surprise visit from Poole after Lanyon has passed away. We know at first sight there is something wrong because Utterson asks him "...is the doctor ill...". He starts telling Utterson that the doctor has locked himself up - "...shuts himself away..." and he also admits bluntly that he is frightened - "...I'm afraid...". Poole's body language seems to be speaking for him "...eyes directed to a corner of the floor..." and it is clearly telling Utterson that he is stiff scared. Utterson asks Poole to be open and tell him everything. Poole cannot seem to be able to speak or to even get a word out but his appearance reveals all - "...bore out his words...". Everything about Poole is the opposite of how it usually is. His impeccable manners are not present anymore and instead they have "...altered for the worst...". Not once apart from the time he spoke to Utterson first, he had not "...looked the lawyer in the face...". As if his taste buds no longer work his glass of wine is sitting "...untasted on his knee...". All these add up to the fact that Poole has either heard or witnessed something awful. Mr Utterson once again tries to pursue the conversation, and Poole replies that he suspects "...foul play...". This scares and frightens Mr Utterson and he demands an explanation, but because Poole cannot trust his own words he asks Utterson to come see for himself - "...sees for yourself...". Utterson feels he has no choice but to go with Poole to Dr Jekylls house. As they come outside the house Poole makes a prayer to God, that "...nothing..." be "...wrong...". This shows us that even though Poole he is scared he is still wishing the best for his master. ...read more.


Poole then asks Utterson to read the letter but Utterson says he doesn't want to - "...I fear...", but after saying this he starts to read the letter. The letter is from Dr Jekyll telling Utterson that by the time Utterson, you read this letter "...I will have disappeared...". Dr Jekyll finishes the letter with - "...Your unworthy and unhappy friend Henry Jekyll...", and as soon as we read that in the letter we know that this has certainly got something to do with Hyde because it is only Hyde that brings discomfort to Jekyll in any way. After this Utterson leaves to go to his office and read the two narratives in which this mystery is going to be explained. Hyde is a very important and probably the most influential character in the novel. His appearance and personality all seem to enthrall anybody that sees him. If anybody hears about him they want to meet him because they are so intrigued by reports about his character. He is described as being inhuman and alienated. Even Jekyll, who Hyde is a part of, starts to repulse him towards the end of the book. Nobody can agree on what to call him and how to describe him. It seems as if there are no words known to humans with which they can describe Hyde. Even after his death Utterson and Poole are still amazed by Hyde's physical appearance, which kind of gives off the vibe that even after death Hyde can haunt you, it is as if Hyde is beyond death, beyond life, beyond anything that we know. Humans and Hyde cannot ever think alike because Hyde has not got the same thinking as us, nor has he got the same mental capacity as us and that is because he is pure evil - with no conscience and no idea of right and wrong. People who meet him will differ as common observers will but they all agree on one point and that is "...the haunting sense of unexpressed deformity with which the fugitive impresses his beholders...". ...read more.

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