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Write an examination of the genre of a mystery story showing your knowledge of literacy tradition and of social and historical context. Reflect to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in your answer

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Write an examination of the genre of a mystery story showing your knowledge of literacy tradition and of social and historical context. Reflect to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in your answer In this essay I'm going to look at different aspects of the genre of mystery, this will include looking at the good and bad, of human nature. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a good example of the mystery genre by Robert Louis Stevenson as it bought whole new aspects to 19th century writing showing the grime and more seedy parts of London, which reflect the main character Mr Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's background enabled him to write about his characters professions, which include a scientist, a lawyer and a doctor, he had the freedom to write about a lot, causing much controversy as he abandoned religion as a child. R.L Stevenson was bought up in Edinburgh, which like London has two different sides to it the more seedy parts and the respected, side. In a mystery story there are certain traits, which can be recognised such as detectives, villains, clues, intrigue and the mystery element such as a murder, or event, like a theft. ...read more.

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Robert Louis Stevenson uses a different style for this event in the book as the mystery element is not who the murderer is, or who the victim is, the mystery element is the motives of this 'sinister' who is not local or well known among the community. The murder took place when Mr Hyde was walking along the street and was seen by a maid looking from a bedroom window. The victim was a local respected man Sir Danvers, a local MP who upon greeting Mr Hyde was attacked brutally with Mr Hyde's walking stick with his initials visible, which as it seems was deliberately left after the quite random and unprovoked murder. This is the first real evidence of evil, which leaves the reader wondering why this character was doing such evil when it is almost certain that he will get found out and branded as a murderer. Dr Jekyll's closest friends start to try and work out his motives for the murder as he has been associated with Dr Jekyll in previous incidents, and as they are not sure about the whereabouts of him they take on the responsibility of finding out themselves. ...read more.

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This all had a large impact to the book. The book Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a good example of good and bad, which is then investigated and explored. Robert Louis Stevenson reflects on the society at the time by showing. The book became so notorious as it was shocking daring and it bought in a new side to writing, which was known as gothic. The book had no justice although we learn that good has to triumph over bad so that everyone can leave in freedom. In good and bad there is mystery, which is why in the traditional idea of this enabled it to work at this time. Evil has been presented as a balance of frightening, and exciting, which kept the reader, hooked throughout. In the book it shows the typical contemporary views of the time, with women being inferior to men, as the only woman is a maid, it showed how there was a divide between upper and lower classes, with examples of either respected well educated well paid men and areas of London which was where the lower less paid working class lived. Jocasta Page 1 18/04/2008 ...read more.

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