Analysis Of Robert Louis Stevenson 's Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

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Setting portrays a character’s inner personality. Robert Louis Stevenson explores this in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jekyll’s complex household juxtaposes his relationship with his counterpart, Hyde. Hyde’s simplistic house entrance, with one door, demonstrates the only way for Jekyll to transform into Hyde (through the drug), but also suggests and foreshadows the inability for Jekyll to stop the transformation from occurring, once he runs out of salt for his drug. The overall setting, of a rundown, crooked alleyway, shows Jekyll’s true identity: a man who is confused and curious in his character, but afraid to reveal his true self.
Jekyll and his mansion may both appear professional and rich in wealth and style on the exterior, but both have dark, complex secrets dwelling within. Jekyll’s mansion, which is around the corner from Hyde’s, is described as wearing a “great air of wealth and comfort” yet “plunged in darkness” (Stevenson, 62). Inside his mansion, there are far too many rooms for one person, a reason Jekyll hired butlers and servants, aside from trying to maintain his high class reputation. Even with having many rooms, Jekyll spends the majority of his time in his lab, which “mimics [his] frequent visits [from] upper class to low-class areas” (Mack, 9). The true complexities of Jekyll’s house are revealed when he transforms into his other half, Hyde, and must retreat to his bedroom without being seen. Jekyll is shown being both caged and free in his home, a quality…

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