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What impressions of Mr Hyde are created in the first two chapters of ‘Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde’? And in what way does Stevenson create theses impressions?

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What impressions of Mr Hyde are created in the first two chapters of 'Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde'? And in what way does Stevenson create theses impressions? Stevenson builds up a picture of Mr Hyde in the first two chapters of the novel and this picture is not a truly pleasant one! Stevenson also creates tension from the very first mention of Hyde. Also, he sets the scene to show that the setting in which Mr Hyde is seen, is a place which seems evil and neglected, 'A certain sinister block of building thrust forward its gable on the street. It was two storeys high; showed no window, nothing but a door on the lower storey and a blind forehead of discoloured wall on the upper'. The street is unpleasant and no repairs have been done. The description of Hyde 'stumping' along reveals his attitude. This makes the reader fell that this is a man who might cause trouble. The fact that this brute attacks the little girl really shows that Stevenson wants Hyde to make an impact, 'For the man trampled calmly over the child's body and left her screaming on the ground'. ...read more.

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We can see his weird appearance and we can also see that anybody he is in contact with thinks of him as a violent and evil person, (if you can call him a person). The house and the door seem to show the reader that Hyde is ugly and secretive. In chapter two Utterson needs to find out why Jekyll is connected to Hyde. All the time Stevenson is letting the reader know that there is some kind of connection because Jekyll has left everything to Hyde, in his will. The reader now, would be interested to no why, and therefore would want to carry on reading the book, 'Jekyll... all his possessions were to pass into the hands of his 'friend and benefactor Edward Hyde'. Again the tension is mounting because Utterson knows that Hyde is a cruel and vicious character. The question is why is Jekyll connected with Hyde. We also learn that Doctor Lanyon doesn't keep in touch with Jekyll any more. He says Jekyll has become 'too fanciful for me'. ...read more.

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Utterson needs to go and see Jeckyll, as Jeckyll is a good friend and good host. He needs to go and see Jeckyll as the horror of seeing Hyde's face is making him ill. When he arrives at Jeckyll's 'there was a shudder in his blood'. He feels that something is not right. He also learns that Mr Hyde has a key to the old dissecting room. The tension again is mounting. Utterson is afraid that Jeckyll is in trouble and he wants to help him 'I must put my shoulder to the wheel- if Jekyll will but let me, if Jekyll will only let me'. Stevenson is showing Hyde's connection with Jeckyll and making the reader curious and frightened. People therefore will want to read on to see what might happen. Stevenson is making the plot more exciting. Utterson needs to find out about Hyde and he also needs to understand what is happening to Jeckyll. Perhaps Dr Lanyon understands more that we do because he wishes no longer to be friendly with Jeckyll as he is suspicious of his medical practice. The novel is beginning to unfold into a nightmare. (About 1,15o words) - 1 - ...read more.

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