The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Essay
Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” is a type of Gothic literature. In the beginning of the story when Stevenson is describing the lawyer, one “Mr. Utterson,” the mood is a bit dull. At first glance the reader may think that this story would be a bit boring and drab. Stevenson’s story is far from being another dull piece of British English literature. The setting and mood of this novella are more complex throughout the story then at the beginning. The development of each character as the story goes on is interesting, and the symbols portrayed and the characters’ development during the course of the story can also be compared to nature of human
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Dr. Jekyll is an upstanding citizen and as a doctor, helps out those who need him. He even wants to help out the heartless Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll tells Mr. Utterson, “I do sincerely take a great, a very great interest in that young man” (bbc.co.uk). By the end of the story the reader knows that Dr. Jekyll wants to help Mr. Hyde because they are the same person. Dr. Jekyll is the yin - the good, while Mr. Hyde is the yang - the evil. Mr. Hyde, the other main character, is a very unsightly being. In the novella his description is, “Mr. Hyde was pale dwarfish, he gave an impression of deformity without any nameable malformation” (Stevenson, 1684). When Mr. Utterson looked upon Mr. Hyde, he was filled with disgust and loathing, and fear that was inexplicable. Mr. Gabriel Utterson, who is a secondary character, is described as a “rational, respectable, calm, and curious man” (bbc.co.uk). Naturally he would want to understand what kind of man would trample all over a child and just leave him or her there on the ground, in the middle of the night, no apology, and without sending for her parents. He is also persistent in dealing with trying to find where Mr. Hyde is located. “ ‘If he be Mr. Hyde,’ he had thought, ‘I shall be Mr. Seek’ “ (Stevenson, 1683). This was something that he couldn’t let go of, and he needed to find out who Mr. Hyde was. Mr. Utterson is also caring; he cares about Dr. Henry Jekyll, who also happens to be his
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