Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by robert louis stevenson

Setting

  • set in London, England during the Victorian Age, 1886.
  • Stevenson had a deep appreciation for landscape and atmosphere.
  • The setting goes along with the plot. It gives it a spooky feeling.
  • During this time, propriety is demanded. People will look down on others who stand out.

Characterization

Henry Jekyll: protagonist. Respected doctor. Experiments with good and evil. His goal is to separate these two.

Edward Hyde: a strange man who is described as ugly and deformed by many. He is Jekyll's "dark side." He is up to no good and people are suspicious about him.

Gabriel John Utterson: respected London lawyer. He is very boring. He is a good representation of what a Victorian gentleman would be like.

Dr. Hastie Lanyon: London doctor. Used to be good friends with Jekyll.

Mr. Enfield: is a relative and friend of Utterson, his personality is like Utterson's. He is reserved and has a good sense of morals.

Mr. Poole: Jekyll's loyal, reliable butler/servant.

Mr. Guest: handwriting expert, Utterson's clerk. He looks over the Hyde's and Jekyll's script.

"Mr. Utterson, the lawyer, was a man of rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary, and yet somehow lovable," (Stevenson 9). [describing Mr. Utterson]
" I never saw a man I so disliked, and yet I scarcely know why," (Stevenson 13). [describing when Enfield saw Hyde for the first time]
"to his office to read the two narratives in which this mystery was now to be explained," (Stevenson 50). [describing Mr. Guest when he is reading both Jekyll's and Lanyon's narratives]

Point of View

Point of View is the perspective in which a story is being told. In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the point of view is mainly third person limited. The story is told from the perspective of Mr. Utterson and we only know what he knows. During the last two chapters, the point of view changes to Dr. Lanyon and Dr. Jekyll. The last two chapters are from these two doctors perspectives and their experiences. Jekyll takes the reader what he went through and we find out the real mystery in Jekyll and Hyde.

Tone/Mood

Tone

The tone of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is mystery and suspense. Stevenson wants the reader to feel spooked out, in a sense, when weird incidents happen.

Mood

The mood is suspense. As the reader, the author keeps everyone on their toes with strange things happening. This makes the reader eager to find out what happens next!

Metaphors

"hailing down a storm of blows," (Stevenson 28).

This shows the violent side of Mr. Hyde in which he trampled his victim.

Allegory

In the novel, the door leading into Dr. Jekyll's laboratory is an example of an allegory. The door symbolizes the split of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, while outside the door is Jekyll and inside the lab is Hyde. The door is almost like a pathway to another world and holds the secrets of Dr. Jekyll and his alter ego.

Theme

two sides to every person- the story shows how there are two (or more) sides to a personality. the two sides of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde describe the good and evil in everyone. although we cannot physically transform into our alter egos, we still have those moments where our good or evil side prevails.

Credits:

Created with images by Moyan_Brenn - "Antelope canyon" • Serena Snowfield - "Little House on the Lane" • sheggy - "Beelitz Heilstätten - Frauenklinik" • Karen Roe - "Ickworth Park (NT) 02-03-2012"

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