Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' was published in 1886 and is one of the best known of Stevenson's novels. It concerns the way in which an individual is made up of contrary emotions and desires: some good and some evil. Through the curiosity of Utterson, a lawyer, we learn of the ugly and violent Mr Hyde and his odd connection to the respectable Dr Jekyll. A brutal murder follows. The dead man is one of Utterson's clients, Sir Danvers Carew. The murder weapon was a cane that belonged to Dr Jekyll. The lawyer therefore becomes entangled in the strange world of Dr Jekyll. The story follows Utterson quest to find the truth out about the doctor and find a source to his uncharacteristic behaviour.
Dr. Jekyll is a physician who believes there are two sides to every person, a good side and an evil side. He feels guilty about the evil he holds within and believes that by that by producing another being based solely on evil, he will not feel guilty any more. The story is told through multiple perspectives because it allows the reader to see clearly into different characters personalities. Using multiple perspectives also allows the writer to gradually reveal parts of the plot to the reader. Multiple perspectives allow readers to see clearly into the characters and their relationships by showing the reader how they think and feel. It also allows the reader to draw conclusions about characters from more then one point of view. Multiple perspectives are used to increase the sense of mystery and suspense of the story by letting the reader pick up clues from different characters as the story gradually unfolds. The book follows gothic tradition because of its 'contemporary', metropolitan setting and detective-story trappings, but feasibly also because of a stranger phenomenon, its obvious connection with actual late Victorian fears about similarly untraceable murders, centred on the archetype of Jack... [continues]
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