The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson as a Work of Horror Fiction

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The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson as a Work of Horror Fiction

Horror fiction in the 21st century has evolved far from its origins, to the extent where classic horror novels of the Victorian Era are considered to be parodies of how people perceive horror today. The novel 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde", which stands alongside classics such as Dracula and Frankenstein, is a powerful ethical symbol that suggests the shadowy nature of human personality. The reading of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde to a modern audience would no longer hold the ability to shock and scare the reader, whereas this was its main aim at the time of the production. It is therefore
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The fact that these thoughts are from a doctor further implies the sheer evilness communicated from Mr Hyde's presence alone, as this is not something a doctor would usually think about any human being. It was the horrifying nature of the crime that would have put these thoughts into anyone's mind, including those reading in the 19th century. Maybe, the nickname 'sawbones' might have been used to describe the hatred that the doctor felt.

"I never saw a circle of such hateful faces, and there was the man

In the middle, with a kind of black, sneering coolness"

In this quotation, the man in the middle is obviously Mr Hyde. The fact that he is de-limited by hateful faces contributes to the chapter's general aim, which is evidently focused on establishing a negative status for Mr Hyde, to be deployed and extended further into the text at a later stage.

Throughout the text, there is a constant reference to Hyde having 'Subhuman, animal like' qualities. These qualities are derived from the way in which Hyde menacingly slaughters his innocent victims throughout the initial storyline.

"At the next moment, with ape like fury, he was trampling his victim underfoot, and hailing down a storm of blows, under which the bones were audibly

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