An Analysis of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Seminar Summary: How is the reader supposed to feel about the novel Dr. Jekyll and Hyde?

How Stevenson’s era vs Readers in today’s era.

Theory On: The Victorian Era

How the readers in Stevenson’s era were supposed to feels
(explain the readers theory of the book )
(quote to explain) “I knew myself, at first breath of this new life, to be more wicked, tenfold more wicked, sold a slave to my original evil; and the thought, in that moment, braced and delighted me like wine.” (QUOTE EXPLANATION: he wanted the readers to be mad, or be against Jekyll because he was conscious of his evil thoughts once he turned to Hyde yet he didn’t do anything to stop it. Instead he embraced it, and was happy that he was evil.

The novel was a reflection on Stevenson’s society
Stevenson was, in a way, mocking his society
-in theory, Hyde was the example of the mockery of his society (quote to explain)

~It’s a reflection of his society
~Was the reflection of his society obvious? (no, it was in context, in between the lines) -It was in context
(quote proof) “ and yet when I looked upon the ugly idol in the glass, I was conscious of no repugnance, rather a leap of welcome. This, too, was myself.” (QUOTE EXPLANATION: It showed how every person had evil in them, and that the people in his era all had a form of evil that, something along those lines)

~Stevenson was putting things into context because, if he had made it more obvious that he was actually mocking his society, he wouldn’t have sold any books. - he made it seem as if it was just a mystery novel.

What was he trying to say about his society?
it sucked
he was against the norm

(proof in his biography that he was against the norm/ reflection of himself in the novel because he was against the norm)

Overall: Stevenson might have wanted his readers not to know any better about what was happening in context.

Theory On: Today

Before we get into the reader of...
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