Explore the Ways in Which Stevenson Creates an Effective Horror Story in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

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Explore the ways in which Stevenson creates an effective horror story in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Robert Stevenson wrote “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” in 1885. In “Dr. Jekyll and My Hyde,” Stevenson creates the atmosphere of a horror story. He does this through many different techniques. He makes subtle suggestions that the central characters lead a double life, creating suspense, dramatic events and the taking of innocent victims. In chapter one, Stevenson creates an enormous amount of suspense and intrigue in the description of Jekyll’s house. Firstly, as Stevenson describes the street, he makes a massive contrast between the attractive street: “The street and general cleanliness,” and Mr. Hyde’s house: "bore in every feature the marks…show more content…
Hyde. As the reader and Utterson have, no clear idea of who Hyde is, when Hyde starts to approach the awaiting Utterson it causes a huge amount of suspense: “The steps drew swiftly nearer and swelled out suddenly louder.” The tension is intensifies as the steps get closer. Stevenson takes his time to describe Hyde so when the reader is finally about to encounter Hyde is it extremely power as we do not know whether he will commit another horrendous murder, this time on Utterson In chapter five Stevenson does a useful description of the laboratory. Utterson describes “three dusty windows barred with iron.” However, the year before, Mr Enfield describes the same window as, “always shut but...clean.” This helps Stevenson create an effective horror story because this slight detail hints that perhaps Mr. Hyde is slowing but steadily taking control of Dr. Jekyll and the murderous evil man will continue before Dr. Jekyll has a chance to stop it all. Stevenson makes Hyde seem a monster/animal/supernatural evil in the way that he is described. Hyde clearly represents “the beast in man” and is described in a number of animalistic images. When Utterson confronts him, he is described as “hissing” like a cornered snake; Poole describes him as a “thing” which cries out “like a rat”; he moves “like a monkey” and screams in “mere animal terror.” He is described as “A Juggernaut”, “Like Satan”, “Deformed”, “Dwarfish”, “Hardly human”,
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