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We learn most of Dr. Jekyll's story from Mr Utterson. Why do you think Stevenson created the character of Mr Utterson as the main narrator?

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We learn most of Dr. Jekyll's story from Mr Utterson. Why do you think Stevenson created the character of Mr Utterson as the main narrator? There are a few narrators in this novel but Utterson is the main narrator and he also links the accounts of all of these narrative views. The stories come from first hand experiences which they are told to Utterson, and lettered accounts which Utterson gets hold of. Utterson was chose to narrate most of the novel because he is trusted as a person and as a lawyer and he has a dry personality which would not change through most circumstances. Utterson is a very dry person on the whole: he likes time to him-self and does things religiously. ...read more.

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This fits his part as he found out many of the peoples secrets. We are told this when the book says 'he had an approved tolerance for others; sometimes wondering, almost with envy, at the high pressure of spirits involved the their misdeeds; and in any extremity inclined to help rather than to reprove' 'it was frequently his fortune to be the last reputable acquaintance and the last good influence in the lives of down-going men'. This shows us his ability to listen but also shows us that he is willing to help people with their problems. As Utterson has had a long lasting friendship with Jekyll, Lanyon and Enfield, they confide in Utterson which means Utterson can link their stories together to discover the mystery. ...read more.

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Utterson is also worried about what might be happening to his friend Jekyll which drives him to figure out what is happening in the case. We know that Utterson wants to help his friend Jekyll out of the mess that he is in because he thinks to himself 'Poor Harry Jekyll' 'I must put my shoulder to the wheel'. Utterson has a very good link to the Carew murder case because of the letter that was in Carew's pocket. This gets Utterson back into being interested into the strange happenings which involve Mr Hyde. Utterson is a dry, unemotional and trustworthy character in the book. He makes a good contrast to Mr Hyde and Dr Jekyll. This all helps us to believe the bizarre and remarkable events which take place in the book. Thomas Rolfe Year 11 English ...read more.

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