Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde

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Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde

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Table of contents:

Introduction About the author About the novel Main and Minor themes character Symbols The split personality Settings summary

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Introduction

“ The strange case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde ” a gothic novel written by the author Robert Louis Stevenson , is about a lawyer called John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll and the evil Hyde . After his investigations he will get to the astonishing truth.

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About the author:

Robert L ouis Balfour Stevenson is a Scottish novelist and poet. He became famed for his novels Treasure Island , Strange Case of Dr . Jekyll and Mr.Hyde , Kidnapped , and A Child’s Garden of Verses

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About the novel:

Written in 1885 (during Victorian Age) while getting better from an illness Idea came to him in a nightmare…upset that wife woke him up because she interrupted the tale He read the tale to his wife after he wrote it, and she made suggestions He wrote it in 3 days

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Mr Gabriel Utterson

A prominent and upstanding lawyer , While not a man of science, Utterson resembles his friend Dr. Lanyon his devotion to reasonable explanations and his denial of the supernatural.

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Dr Henry Jekyll

A respected doctor and friend of both Lanyon and Utterson. Jekyll is a seemingly prosperous man, known for his decency and charitable works. Since his youth . Jekyll finds this dark side a burden and undertakes experiments intended to separate his good and evil selves from one another.

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Mr.Hyde

looks faintly pre-human Hyde is violent and cruel, and everyone who sees him describes him as ugly Language itself seems to fail around Hyde: he is not creature who belongs to the rational world,

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Mr.Enfield

He is a well-known man in London who happens to be Mr.Utterson’s distant kinsman He is the first one who told Mr Utterson about the existence of Mr Hyde

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The maid

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She is Mr.Jekyll’s servant who witnessed the murder of Sir Danvers Carew Sir Danvers Carew An old kind man who was brutally beaten to death by Mr.Hyde.

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Dr.lanyon

london doctor and, along with Utterson, formerly one of Jekyll’s closest friends . Lanyon serves a foil (a character whose attitudes or emotions contrast with, and thereby illuminate, those of another character) for Jekyll, who embraces m

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The Main theme

The main theme of the story is " The duality of human nature ". the idea that every single human being has good and evil within them. Stevenson describes how there is a good and an evil side to everyone's personality , but what is important is how you behave and the decisions you make. The choices people make determine whether a person is good or not.

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Robert Louis Stevenson "In each of us, two natures are at war the good and the evil. All our lives the fight goes on between them, and one. them must conquer. But in our own hands lies the power to choose — what we want most to be we are."

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Minor themes

Other themes of the story: Darkness Science Self-Control The Divided Self

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Symbols of Chp2

Darkness Houses

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Chp2 Summary

Jekyll’s will unusual clause leads to the discovery of Mr.Hyde U tterson gets troubled from the case especially after he heard about Hyde’s behaviour Lanyon points out that a man who stepped into the house that night was known as Edward Hyde. At Jekyll’s dinner party, Utterson takes the opportunity to ask Jekyll about his will and Mr.Hyde

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Utterson begins spending time around buildings where Enfield saw Hyde in hope to find him Utterson asks Hyde to show his face ,

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