Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Essay examples

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Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Stevenson presents Hyde in many different ways by describing the main character of Hyde, in an effective and detailed style, and providing a variety of language, imagery and atmosphere, which also helps to create the symbol which Hyde stands for. Stevenson explores what good and evil symbolised at that time in the Victorian society, and how this leads up to the representation of Hyde. Respectability and reputation were very important factors to consider in the Victorian society. The Victorian society was very strongly divided into classes, with the aristocracy having the highest value of respect. The split personality of Jekyll and Hyde…show more content…
After the incident with the little girl, Enfield takes hatred to Hyde "I had taken a loathing to my gentleman at first sight". Even the reaction of the doctor is shocking and usual for his character. Stephenson describes the doctor to be the "usual cut-and-dry apothecary", but in this event he "turned sick and white with the desire to kill him" (referring to Hyde). Stevenson also states that Sawbones the doctor was exactly like the rest of us, shocked and disgusted with the actions of Hyde. This shows that the whole audience were also disgusted, and perhaps with reference to the doctor, the whole audience acted usual in different ways, like the doctor turning sick and white when he is not usually like this. Enfield had never saw "a circle of such hateful faces", i.e. referring to the shocked audience. We see that Enfield cannot believe that Hyde, or anybody could actually "walk into a cellar door at four in the morning and come out of it with another man's cheque for close upon a hundred pounds." His actions are unbelievable. This is not usual for the Victorian society to do so. But Hyde was "quite easy and sneering". Hyde acted as though he did not care, quite calm, while the people around him were confused and they could not believe what he was doing.
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