• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10
  11. 11
  12. 12
  13. 13
  14. 14
  15. 15

What picture of Hyde does Robert Louis Stevenson create in the readers mind?

Extracts from this document...


What picture of Hyde does Robert Louis Stevenson create in the readers mind? The story of 'Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' is about a man who experiments on himself. In this story, he was trying to separate the two natures of himself and this was the good side and the bad side. The experiment started going wrong when he woke up as Mr. Hyde and yet ha hadn't drunk the potion. Little by little, we see that the bad side of Dr Jekyll was slowly been taken over by Mr. Hyde. When the bad side of him finally took over, that is when Dr. Jekyll finally decided to kill himself. We try to find out how Victorian people thought about good and evil and how people were created. We looked at a painting which was painted before that time but still reflects traditional Christian views of heaven and hell as well as good and evil. When wee look at the picture, we see that in heaven the people there seem to worship their god in a more peaceful and calm way. In heaven, there are very few people and this suggests that it's easier to be bad than good. That's why there are fewer people in heaven. However, in hell, we see that there are more people and the place is overcrowded. This overcrowding suggests that it's easier to go to hell than to go to heaven. The people in hell seem to look semi-human because they seem to be half human and half animal. We also see this semi-human idea when Mr. Hyde was described as being hardly human. We see Mr. Hyde's animal side when he often snarled when someone was talking to him. Snarling is also associated with snakes. So this half human half animal behavior really gives us the readers a clear picture of Mr. Hydes behavior. When we go back to the picture of heaven and hell, we see that in hell, there is clearly no love and we see people's violent nature when they are constantly scratching and killing each other. ...read more.


We as the audience immediately compare this behavior with a dogs, because dogs make husky sounds. Later on in the story, Robert Louise Stevenson Described Mr. Hyde as crying out like a rat and again we see that he was being compared with an animal. As we read on, we see that Dr. Jekyll's butler, described Mr. Hyde as wearing a mask and when he came into the room, he described Mr. Hyde as weeping like a woman. We as the audience realize that Mr. Hyde wasn't acting like a man and weeping is a sign of weakness. However, the Victorians could have viewed women as the weaker species when comparing them to a man and the Victorians also viewed women as the second grade people. Men, in the Victorian times, were highly respected and they had a lot more power than females. The Victorians also viewed weeping as a sign of weakness. When Poole was talking about how Mr. Hyde had reacted when he came into the room, he described Mr. Hyde as a lost soul. He had seen this because, most of the time, Dr. Jekyll seemed to keep himself locked in his room and shutting himself from the rest of the world. He seemed lonely and depressed most of the time. This loneliness immediately draws our attention to the picture of heaven and hell. We see that the people in hell are constantly pleading with their hands in the air, begging for mercy. They might have been thinking that if they pleaded hard enough, God will bring them to heaven. God however is just looking and he isn't giving them any response to their pleadings. So the people in hell feel lost because they think that they don't deserve to be in hell. The Victorians however, could have thought that being described as a lost soul meant that you were condemned to hell like in the picture of heaven and hell. ...read more.


When Robert Louise Stevenson wrote about the accident at the cross roads, he described Mr. Hyde as a Juggernaut. We as the audience know that a juggernaut is a Hindu god of destruction which destroys everything in its path. It's also unstoppable. The Victorians however could have thought that being described as a juggernaut meant the Mr. Hyde was not a Christian and instead he belonged to hell. Mr. Utterson also described Mr. Hyde as sub human. This meant that didn't look human at all. It was all because of his skin and his stature. He also showed characteristics of an animal because he often snarled and hissed a lot. These characteristics relate to the picture of heaven and hell. The people in hell seem to be sub human because they have both human and animal parts. I am not saying that Mr. Hyde had animal parts but he behaved like an animal in a human body. The Victorians could also have suggested that Mr. Hyde belonged to hell. As we read on the story, we see that Stevenson described Mr. Hyde as having Satan's signature written on his face. This could have suggested that Mr. Hyde wasn't a person to trust, especially in terms of appearance. Mr. Hyde was also described by Poole as a masked monkey. Again, Mr. Hyde is compared with an animal but this time it's a monkey. This takes us back to the Darwin controversy. It states that humans have two sides to themselves, the animal side and the human side. The animal side is more aggrieve than the human side. Animals especially monkeys are also cheeky. So when Mr. Hyde jumped in Poole presents, he seemed to look like a monkey. So that is how we came to compare him with an animal. Under the evolution theory, we also see an ape and a Victorian. The Victorian seems to be afraid of the ape because it seems to be a lot stronger than him. The ape however seems to be well dressed and this shows that humans are able to disguise their animal side. The Victorians were ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Robert Louis Stevenson section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Robert Louis Stevenson essays

  1. How does Robert Louis Stevenson explore the duality of human nature in Dr Jekyll ...

    Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Then you have Utterson who doesn't 'see' the 'truth' right up until the end when he receives the letter from Jekyll explaining the series of events. Throughout the novella, Mr Utterson is a frequent character who helps to lead the plot, displaying the behaviour and attitude,

  2. Jekyll and Hyde

    Jekyll's house has a lot of windows which may represent that he is trying to escape from the norms of human nature and use his evil side instead. When they were destroying the door of Jekyll's laboratory the "wood was tough", so it was hard to break down but it

  1. How does Stevenson create intrigue in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

    The first part of the chapter involves horror when Mr Enfield describes Mr Hyde as a "juggernaut" as he charges down an innocent, young girl without any hesitation. As this moment occurs within the first few pages it is the first time we meet the character of Mr Hyde and Stevenson successfully introduces him as a loathsome and detestable man.

  2. Duality of Jekyll and Hyde

    His door was always open. As Hyde's power begins to grow, we can see that Jekyll becomes more engulfed and isolated in his own home because of his secret, and finds it hard to let anyone in, even people, such as Utterson, whom he trusted with his life.

  1. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

    "I let my brother go to the devil in his own way." Being a lawyer, Mr Utterson is supposed to help others in any way he can, however, this metaphor is telling the reader that no matter how much he could do for someone, Utterson doesn't really care about them.

  2. How does Stevenson create an atmosphere of mystery and suspense yet at the same ...

    Lanyon explains that he has recently experienced a great shock and expects to die in a few weeks ''Life has been pleasant,'' he says. ''I liked it; yes, sir, I used to like it.'' Then he adds, ''I sometimes think if we knew all, we should be more glad to get away.''

  1. How does Robert Louis Stevenson depict the relationship between Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, ...

    had more than a father's interest; Hyde had more than a son's indifference'. The story is not narrated by either of the main characters, instead by an unknown. The narrator seems to look on to the story but does not know all the secrets of the characters; only Jekyll knew those things.

  2. Jekyll and Hyde

    sheltering of a murderer, he keeps these suspicions to himself rather than bring ruin upon his good friend. I think the quote that highlights Utterson's morale personality most is this, 'in any extremity inclined to help rather than to reprove.'

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work