Essay Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The novella ‘Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde’ was written by Robert Louis
Stevenson in the Victorian era. The book was first published in 1886 in England and it brought high success to the author. The final chapter of the novella which is ‘Henry Jekyll’s Full Statement Of The
Case’ explores the ways that the author presents Victorian attitudes to the nature of humans. Stevenson explains to the reader that humans have lots of different sides to each other and not just one. He also explains how duplicitous humans are.

“I stood already committed to a profound duplicity of life” Pg69

The text was written in the Victorian era which was around the 1800’s.
In those days the Victorian
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‘a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; cold scanty and embarrassed in discourse’ Pg9

Even though he is introduced as a person who lives a cold life, he is
‘yet somehow loveable.’ Pg9 Mr Enfield too is introduced in this chapter as being pretty much the same Victorian gentleman as Utterson.
Stevenson sets the location by contrasting descriptions of the shops, streets and that of a strange house while Mr Utterson and Mr Enfield are having one of their ‘Sunday walks’.

‘The street shone out in contrast to its dingy neighbourhood, like a fire in a forest’ Pg10

The use of the simile in the quote by Stevenson shoes the reader how colourful the streets of Victorian London are and also it creates imagery to the reader. The narrative structure of the novella is introduced into the text by the introduction of the strange house the showed nothing but a door from its front view. While the two Victorian lawyers were having their walk, Mr Utterson asks Mr Enfield if he ever new anything about that house. Mr Enfield answers back by saying yes and with it a story which involves the door. Mr Enfield recalls to Mr
Utterson that one night when he was returning home at about three o’clock in the morning he saw a girl of about eight or ten running hard and he also saw a man who was walking.

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