Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Essay

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Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Firstly, telling "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" from Dr Jekyll's point of view would have presented a number of problems. The elements of tension provided by telling the story from others points of view would be lost, and therefore the definitive style of the book would have to be changed for one less exciting, and the plot would progress far slower. Also, telling the story from different peoples perspectives makes the text physically longer, and although this isn't an essential quality, without the length the story may have been regarded as a short story and not received so much acclaim. Most of the tale is told from the…show more content…
This 'Darwinism' was very fashionable, and people were obsessed with the idea of physical change and metamorphosis in people. It was also popular to lead two lives, one as a respectable member of society, and the other, an 'after hours' life. Without the perspectives of Jekyll (Dr Jekylls Full Statement of the Case) and Lanyon (Dr Lanyons Narrative), the dual lives of Jekyll and Hyde would never be discovered. This would have made the book far less admired, as the attractive principles of mutation and change would have been missing from the book. The appealing idea of a first person perspective of a person leading two lives; and two such abnormal lives; would be lost, and with it the appeal of the book. In Chapter 1, the book begins with Utterson's point of view, but with a story told by Utterson's friend, Enfield. If Stevenson had chosen to tell the story from Utterson's perspective, this chapter would not have changed, although it is very useful in giving a first impression of the detestable Hyde, and gives the reader an example of a Victorian phrase for doctor, "sawbones". Chapter 2 shows another example of the popular double lives of some Victorian people, as Utterson leaves his house in the middle of the night, which throws a sense of mystery and secrecy into the character of Utterson. Also, when Utterson meets Llanyon, he seems far too
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