Robert Louis Stevenson was born November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland

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Robert Louis Stevenson was born November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland
Throughout his childhood, he suffered chronic health.

A Study of Robert Louis Stevenson’s use of settings, characters and symbolism in ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’.

Robert Louis Stevenson was born November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh,
Scotland throughout his childhood; he suffered chronic health problems that confined him to bed. He lived in constant fear of death and some people believe that this was where he got his grim outlook on life from. The strongest influence during his childhood was that of his nurse, Allison Cunningham, who often read aloud Pilgrim's Progress and
The Old Testament, his most direct literary influences during this
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Not only did this give it a more chilling feel it fitted in with the social historical context of the book. The book was written right in the heart of the industrial revolution so the readers of the book would probably be starting to move into the city, this made it easier for the readers to familiarise with the settings and actions in the novel.

When writing the book the graphic detail Stevenson could use was restricted by the hypocritical society in which he lived.

‘Many ragged children huddled in the doorways, and many women of many different nationalities passing out.’

Here Stevenson was trying to write about prostitution but if he had not used a more blunt approach it would surely not have been allowed to be published. With him being so subtle the reader would be able to tell what he was talking about and the book would pass the strict publishing code. The strict rules about what is allowed to be put in a book are an obvious sign of a hypocritical society. They were trying to pretend that prostitution and other bad things did not happen in their streets even though they knew perfectly well that they did.

Stevenson cleverly uses the characters to represent types of people in society, he uses them to help portrait the central themes of the novel. Mr Utterson is a middle-age lawyer, he is someone that all the characters seem to like and he doesn’t
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