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Utterson’s character

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Utterson's character is one of crucial importance in this novel. The story unfolds in the first chapter with the author giving us insight in to the role this lawyer will play. He is portrayed as being a stern and stoic man of honour and respect. The fact that he is the linking element between all of the characters in the story shows his magnitude and utter value. He knows everyone. The very fact that he is Dr Jekylls friend and lawyer emphasises his importance and allows him to be objective upon the circumstances. Stoic though he is, there is somehow a 'lovable' quality to him. This feature is seen by others, as radiating from his eyes, rather than as a result of his deeds, or conversation. However 'he had an approved tolerance for others'. Utterson appears to be envious 'at the high pressure of spirits involved in their misdeeds'. There are no extreme elements to his character; he is neither good nor bad. ...read more.


The way he is described in as 'backward in sentiment' and very strict with himself, drinking gin when he was alone, trying to 'mortify a taste for vintages' and 'though he enjoyed the theatre, had not crossed the doors of one for years'. This perfectly illustrates your typical, Victorian stereotype. Keeping ones image, respect and reputation in society, was tremendously vital to their way of life, in those times. Utterson, in a way, lets the light through like a window upon the Victorian society, putting a spot light on the cult of respectability, reputation and the relationships between masters and servants - members of different levels of the social hierarchy. Utterson also shows the Victorian society to be one of much hypocrisy, in a way linked with strictness. This point is put across when you see Utterson, going for regular, long walks with his 'good friend' Mr Enfield. Even though he simply does not enjoy these long, boring walks, he still forces himself through them regularly. ...read more.


All these are examples of unacceptable behaviour in the Victorian times. In conclusion, Utterson's character, portrayed as a typical Victorian man, as I have already mentioned, is able to communicate with the Victorian readers. As they can almost surely relate to the longing of going a little bit out of tight boundaries. To break away from the regime, and heavy obligations built up from the societies pressure of respectability and reputation. The natural order of things often break down in the novel, for example when Poole actually dares to tell Utterson that his own mater has been 'made away with', and even though Utterson tries not to believe this servant, Poole persistently attempts to convince him in this truth. Basically, I would say that Mr Utterson is definitely one of the most important characters in the novel of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, as he is able to convey his objective point of view to us at the beginning, the end and all the way throughout this outstandingly deep book written by Robert Louis Stevenson. ...read more.

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