The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

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The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” is a gothic novel written by Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886. It’s about a lawyer from London named G.J. Utterson who explores strange events that involves his old friend Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde. The novel’s influence on language is extraordinary, with the phrase “Jekyll and Hyde” coming to the meaning of a person of diversity in moral character from one situation to the next (French literature). On their weekly walk, a particularly practical lawyer with the name Mr. Utterson listens as his friend Mr. Enfield tells an awful story of violence. The tale describes a dark figure called Mr. Hyde who treads over a young girl, disappears into…show more content…
Then, Utterson again visits Jekyll, who now claims to have no relations with Hyde. He shows Utterson a note, allegedly written to Jekyll by Hyde, apologizing for the trouble he has caused and says farewell. Later that night, Utterson’s clerk points out that Hyde’s handwriting resembles Jekyll’s own. For the next few months Jekyll acts as if a weight has been lifted from his shoulders. But he soon after starts to refuse visitors, and Lanyon dies from something connected to Jekyll. Before his death, Lanyon gives Utterson a letter that says not to open until after Jekyll’s death Meanwhile, Utterson goes out walking with Enfield, and they see Jekyll at a window of his laboratory, three men begin to talk but a look of horror comes about Jekyll’s face, and he closes the window and disappears. Soon afterward, Jekyll’s butler, Mr. Poole, visits Utterson in a state of desperation, Jekyll has locked himself in his laboratory for several weeks, and now the voice that comes from the room sounds nothing like his. Utterson and Poole go to Jekyll’s house, once there, they find the servants huddled together in fear. After arguing for a while, the two of them decide to break into Jekyll’s laboratory. Inside, they find the body of Hyde, wearing Jekyll’s clothes and apparently dead by suicide and a letter from Jekyll to Utterson promising to explain everything. Utterson takes the document home, where first he reads Lanyon’s letter, it
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