“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” tells the story about a man named Mr. Gabriel Utterson and his investigation of his good friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Mr. Edward Hyde. The story is centered upon the themes good vs. evil and repression. The author, Robert Louis Stevenson, spends majority of the story expressing his idea of the quality of man. His idea indicates that every human being has a pure, innocent, good side while having...
“The Body Snatcher”, written by Robert Louis Stevenson, tracks the life of the character Fettes from his mental manipulation from his two mentors, and a buildup of internal guilt as a young student. From this and a use of different literary devices, I was able to draw the conclusion as to why he behaves the way he does and what we are left with, a shattered fraction of a man, broken, and in shambles. As the reader, the theme I...
Robert Louis Stevenson’s ’The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ was originally published in 1886 during the Victorian era. This was a period where almost every sphere of society was changing in some way, for better or for worse. The story is about a man who finds out a way to separate the evil parts of himself by drinking a potion he concocted in his laboratory. The book is of the third-person limited perspective of Mr. Utterson, who...
In ‘The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde’, the audience is introduced to a situation that at first seems very peculiar and fictitious. Upon later examination however it becomes abundantly obvious that the author is utilizing his position as a writer to bring attention to the double nature of humanity, by referencing the duality of every component within the story. The dual nature of the Victorian man, and of society in general, is investigated as the author ties...
‘Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind’ is a well-known quote from Albert Einstein. Gothic literature is defined as a style of writing that utilizes a dark and picturesque setting, astonishing and melodramatic narrative devices while also having an atmosphere that is full of mystery, exoticism, fear and dread. In this essay I will discuss the importance of ‘The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde’, written by the Robert Louis-Stevenson in 1886. In Victorian England religion and...
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Enduring narratives play a powerful role in challenging social and cultural expectations through the manifesting in social divisions which reflect a particular type of literary characterisation, the bifurcated protagonist. This is demonstrated through in social divisions illustrated within the characterisation of a bifurcated protagonist, and also in the use of setting to generalise divisions to each composer’s social context. Respectively, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Victorian sci-fi narrative ‘Strange Case’ depicts divisions between social classes through the characterisation of Hyde and Jekyll...
The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was written by Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson and was set within the 19th century during the Victorian-era London, where expectations are excessive and reputations are valued. This novella explores the dual traits of a Victorian man, and his link with an alternative personality, and how he needs an exit from Hyde, the evil mysterious side of Dr. Jekyll that he cannot part with. Aware of the evil side, he explores,...
In the late 19th century a clear shift occurs in Europe from a content society who though it had everything figured out to an anxious one, where everything could be questioned and argued. It is important to understand these changes of the modern times because they played a big part to cause World War I. European society faced many intellectual, scientific, and cultural challenges that came with the 2nd industrial revolution, which empowered science and made some people question the...
He wanted to respect him. Mr. Poole was his loyal servant continuously until Dr. Jekyll’s death. Although propriety was extremely important, his faithfulness and devotion towards Jekyll was more prioritized. “Poole, my butler, has his orders; you will find him waiting your arrival with a locksmith” (36). At times like these, even friendship and loyalty can outshine and be more valuable than having proper behavior. Stevenson emphasizes the good people strived for, as well as the evilness some could contain...
Both Conan Doyle and Stevenson were similarly born and raised in Edinburgh, nine years apart but this is where the similarities end. Conan Doyle was born May 2nd, 1859, to a working class, Irish family and as such would have experienced a modicum of financial hardship. His father was an alcoholic who was institutionalised in 1885 and subsequently died. A generous uncle offered to pay for Conan Doyle to be schooled in England and he was shipped off to continue...