Analysis of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Essay

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Analysis of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Everyone has heard of Jekyll and Hyde. The two infamous characters that portray the main roles in The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde. Yet, even with this phenomenal status of the book, surprisingly, not many people know what is really represented inside its pages. Firstly, to understand what made The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde a classical story known by young and old alike, we must look at where it began.

As a child, Stevenson was very much obsessed with William Deacon Brodie – a notorious criminal from Edinburgh in the 18th Century. Stevenson had a cabinet that was created by Brodie’s company in his bedroom, and was fascinated by the
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Another example of duality is made clearer later in the book, several chapters in. ‘The door’, as it is referenced by characters, is simple a wooden door on a wall with no windows, and is revealed to lead to Dr. Jekyll’s

Characterisation plays a big role in the memorability of the Novella. Stevenson presents and utilizes characters in regards to their importance, and uses characters to unfold the story in a true detective style, while keeping a 3rd person narrative.

It could be said that the Novella focuses around Utterson – but Utterson is used as a device more than anything else in this novella. He is used to present the story to us, and it is by no means a coincidence that he is given the appointment of a Lawyer – this gives him access to critical documents such as Jekyll’s Will, which play a vital role in the unfolding of the story, and give reason to Utterson’s suspicions. This clever device adds to the story’s memorability and aids in it’s unique style of storytelling.

Hyde is also a character that makes this Novella a classic story. The language Stevenson uses to describe him fuels the reader’s hatred for the character, and their understanding for the

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