Stevenson Create a Sense of Mystery and Horror in Mr Hyde and Dr Jekyll

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Stevenson Create a Sense of Mystery and Horror in Mr Hyde and Dr Jekyll

In this essay I am going to look at Mr Hyde and Dr Jekyll, the first two chapters, and explain using quotes and information from these chapters how the writer creates a sense of mystery and horror. I will be focussing on the descriptions given about the characters and the house which plays a significant part in this story.

This novel is about a highly classed doctor of science, named Dr Jekyll. Dr Jekyll is a very clever professor who makes a mixture of chemicals, which can turn him into a totally different person for a short period of time. This power to become someone else lets Dr Jekyll live two different lives, without
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"A man of a rugged countenance that was never lighted by a smile" This could suggest to the reader that Mr Utterson is a grim or evil character, which creates a sense of mild horror and mystery already about this character. Now the writer again informs the reader about uttersons look, "lean, long, dusty, and dreary." This could imply that utterson is a creepy dark person, therefore again creating a sense of horror and mystery about him.

This sense of mystery is portrayed again by Stevenson, in the way he describes uttersons lifestyle and personality. "He never marked a shade of change in his demeanour." This makes utterson sound like an old fashioned, cold hearted man, therefore creating a sense of mystery.

Now the reader has been told of uttersons looks and what his personality is like, now the writer informs the reader about uttersons stature and influence on people around him. "The last good influence of the lives of down going men." This foreshadows what is going to happen later on in the novel and that Mr Utterson may be involved, this creates a sense of mystery and horror about what is to come.

These quotations about the lawyer, utterson, from the opening page, act as an early piece of foreshadowing because why else would Stevenson want to tell the reader these facts about
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