Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde Presenting the Siniste

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Bipin Mathew
The various ways in which Stevenson and Jones present the sinister Many authors present the sinister in their unique way. Robert Louis Stevenson presents the sinister in Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with a lot of description using the senses, but on the other side Steve Jones uses description but in a slightly different way. He uses dozens of illustration which are mysterious and also includes humorous but sinister writing too. For example Jones writes in his book, “Canals are handy for both murderous and suicidal reasons”. This is amusing but sinister because canals are used for industrial purposes not for suicidal or murderous reasons. Both books are sinister in their own way because of the techniques the authors use but also the way they select to show the sinister. Birmingham the sinister side has a lot of sinister pictures. The picture of the peakies is extremely mysterious because you can see ghostly figures down the alley. Also Steve Jones uses gory description, “I wish I could have got her mother as well. I would have chopped her into mince meat and made sausages of her” This amazing piece of language is awfully disturbing and sinister in ways because you cannot do these kinds of things with a heart. But Stevenson does not use any illustrations to describe the sinister but he does have one special technique, he uses the five senses to make a picture in our head with full detail. “...he even laid his hand upon my arm and sought to shake me. I put him back, conscious at his touch of certain icy pang along my blood.” This is not natural because laying your hand on someone is to welcome them and make them feel comfortable and also it is strange because humans are warm blooded. Stevenson also uses humour in his story, “If he is Mr. Hyde, I shall be Mr. Seek”. This is amusing because he refers to the game of ‘hide and seek’ because Mr. Hyde sounds like ‘Mr. Hide’. Jones also uses humour when he wrote about Phillip Evans but at the end of the writing...
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