Transformation In Jekyll And 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
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Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with the “Story of the Door,” which details Hyde’s home from the outside - with one strange and intriguing door. Both this door and Hyde’s appearance leave individuals with the memory of “an extraordinary-looking” image, “and yet [no one can name] nothing out of the” ordinary (Stevenson, 53). Hyde’s house is decorated according to his lifestyle of unpredictability and mystery, with a mess of only the necessary things he may bring with him following his transformation from Jekyll. This household having an affiliation with Jekyll “imitates the imperfections of humans and their dualities by connecting these unfavorable places with the more stylish sections of the city” (Mack, 9). Hyde’s unique character is matched with a one door entrance household that compliments Jekyll’s relationship with his dark side. There is an old saying that when one door closes another door opens, but this is just the opposite in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. When one door opens, through Jekyll’s use of the drug, the other door, which emcompases Jekyll’s freedom to ever be safe in one body, closes. Even when Jekyll’s friends must rescue him from his laboratory, this metaphor of one door continues. Utterson and the butlers are forced to break down the wall that Jekyll has metaphorically put up to hide his true identity. Stevenson continually juxtaposes good combating evil, especially through scenes in small, cage-like …show more content…
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jekyll’s house is a false safety net for him and shows the complex relationship he has with Hyde and his friends. Hyde, on the other hand, lives a much more true lifestyle to his personality through a simple house with a one door entrance, which relates to Jekyll’s addiction to evil. The main setting of the novel, the alleyway, sums up Jekyll’s character, as a man curious in his quality traits but lost trying to find the right path between good and evil. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde combines setting with character to share the realities everyone faces in life in ways anyone could understand. Each setting presents a common and specific personality of the character it represents and the complications that come along with accepting one’s true

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