Kelly Chan Independent Reading Presentation Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Plot Summary The story starts off with a lawyer named Mr. Utterson who is walking with his friend Mr. Enfield in the streets of London. As they are walking, they come across a mysterious door, which reminds Mr. Enfield of a previous incident. Late one night, while on his way home, he saw a deformed, unpleasant man who trampled a girl in the street. However, instead of getting the police, the girl’s family and Mr. Enfield decide to force him to give the girl 's family money. After agreeing to them, the mysterious man disappears into the cellar door and returns with a legitimate check from the respectable Dr. Jekyll.
The book; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has since its release in 1886, been the building blocks of many horror and crime stories. There can be drawn many parallels between the book and modern crime stories, and that is the purpose of this essay. There will be a focus on the duali-ty, seen in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and there will be drawn lines between Sigmund Freud’s theories on the human psyche and the literature Freud’s most known theories involve what he describes as, the id, the ego and the super-ego . His theory is that a person’s psyche is split up between these three parts, in most people there is a healthy balance between the three parts, but in people such as murderers there is imbal-ance between the parts, with might cause them to not reflect morally on their actions, thus maybe making them feel okay with murdering someone. Serial killers are described to have a more dominant than normal id, and a much smaller to non-existent super-ego, therefore mak-ing them feel that killing is just a tool for getting to their goal, and since their super-ego isn’t telling them no, they see no problem with using murder as a tool, they might even see it as a necessity.
This obstacle of life is common since humanity exists and to show a clear example of this struggle Robert Louis Stevenson explained us in his classic novel “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” the consequences of this issue where he uses personification and simile to show that repression builds a conflict between the public appearance and the inner essence of Dr. Jekyll. Dr. Jekyll, a respected doctor well known in society, had an inner self conflict. Nobody in London realized the struggle Dr. Jekyll was presenting. Highlighting that Mr. Utterson is Dr. Jekyll’s lawyer he noticed some changes, starting by his suddenly disappearance and the curious information he found in Dr. Jekyll’s will. This and many other events began to flow each time more bizarre and shady As Robert Louis Stevenson said in the novel “the small hours of the morning began to grow large…”, This personification used by the author helped the
In this novel “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, Robert Louis Stevenson has used both character and setting to illustrate the theme duality very successfully. He chose the setting in the late ninetieth centuries during the Victorian Time in London. His main message throughout the novel is everyone that we know all have it own dark side and desire to do something evil to other people. Furthermore, his wider message is the struggle of human between good and evil, religion versus science and will the duality still happen within this modern time now. The duality of characters and setting is developed along with the story and characters.
This stereotype was shown as an example when he was working for a white woman, as she loudly expresses her concern that he was going to steal they keys and give it to other gang members so they break in because of his background and his appearance. He was upset by this saying and places the keys back right in front of her to show her that he was the opposite. He cares greatly for his family, and seems to have a
This exact nature of their relationship premises the novel as Stevenson’s critique of the 19th century Victorian society, its hypocrisies and its anxieties. It is noteworthy that although Stevenson presents a particularly dichotomic nature of things, upon deeper analysis, he also suggests that human nature is multiplex and the many layers are permeable and so is the social realm despite all our efforts at dichotomic fragmentation. Jekyll and Hyde represent a collusion between two seemingly separate sense of selves, each fulfilling its own assigned role. J.R. Hammond’s summary of the conflict central to the double
“I learned to recognize the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Dualism is a fundamental component of the human psyche in detail, the personality duality that results in possessing two dissociated characters chiefly good one conversely evil one. The famous novel of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” illustrates personality disorder throughout the decent Dr. Henry Jekyll who portrays the good side seeking a medicine that separates the sinister part away, subsequently he conducts experiments
He decides to run away to a hotel in New York City where he then calls up a prostitute to try and lose his V-card to. He ends up not doing anything with her and realizes that she is about his age and he just wants to talk to her instead. He still pays her in full in spite of this, but is later confronted by her pimp and is mugged of his remaining cash. He then feels it would be a good idea to go and kick it with his little sister, someone that he’s always able to speak his mind to. He then tells her arguably the most important saying in the book, “Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing in this
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One characteristic of gothic literature is supernatural events or beings, thus, it is only expected his writings will feature supernatural events and beings. This leads the reader to believe that several supernatural events took place during this novel. Stevenson successfully intertwines the characteristics of gothic literature such as characters encountering supernatural creatures or events and characters being bound by a curse or haunted by the past to achieve the purpose of telling the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.