Analysis Of The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde, By Robert Louis Stevenson

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During the Victorian era, the United Kingdom underwent many social, political and economic reforms for a more modern society. These series of reforms are directly represented in the literature of the time. An excellent example is, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, which gives a direct image of what Victorian era was like with his writing style as well as the story itself. Specifically, Stevenson portrays exactly how Victorian social life commenced as well as displays the main points of social standards of the time. Robert Louis Stevenson uses individual characters in the novella to accurately depict how people protected their social standing and reputation during the Victorian era. Mr. Utterson provides insight on how members of Victorian society viewed and judged one another. Throughout the novella, Mr. Utterson is partaking in somewhat of a detective role in an attempt to learn more about Mr. Hyde, who is the primary recipient of all of Dr. Jekyll’s belongings; stated in his will. He first hears of Mr. Edward Hyde from his distant relative while on a walk one day. His relative, Mr. Enfield describes Mr. Hyde as a deformed and detestable man (Stevenson 12). However the conversation abruptly ends when Mr. Utterson explains that he knows of this man and a relationship he has with a one, Dr. Jekyll. As soon as Mr. Enfield realizes that his relative, as well as, a doctor of a high social standing knew such a hideously disfigured and
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