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Analysis

Literary Devices in Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Rather than taking place in only one part of the city, Stevenson’s novel is set in many different areas of London, each meant to reflect the character of its denizens. Soho, where Mr. Hyde li...

Setting

Notice the servants? The discrepancy between rich and poor? The bachelor living? The religious allusions? The repression? That’s Victorian England. This setting allows Dr. Jekyll to become a...

Narrator Point of View

The third person limited point of view picks one character and follows him around – in this case, Mr. Utterson. However, Mr. Utterson’s point of view is supplemented by four other narra...

Genre

Make no mistake, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde gets our hearts pumping with its brutal murders, magical potions, inexplicable events, game-changing documents, and, of course, the evil-oozing Mr. Hyde. At...

Tone

"But for all the hurry of his coming, these were not the dews of exertion that he wiped away, but the moisture of some strangling anguish; for his face was white, and his voice, when he spoke, hars...

Writing Style

In a book about the duality of human experience, we think it's only fitting that Robert Louis Stevenson uses a kind of split approach when it comes to the writing style of The Strange Case of Dr. J...

What’s Up With the Title?

The novel concerns the strange doings of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, who, we find out, are one and the same. Mr. Hyde just happens to be the terrible, evil, criminal side of Dr. Jekyll who is unleashe...

Plot Analysis

Mr. Utterson discovers that his friend, Dr. Jekyll, plans on leaving his entire estate to an evil, evil man.Quite a dramatic way to start things off. You might even call this shilling shocker "shoc...

Booker’s Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Tragedy

Dr. Jekyll dreams of separating his two naturesGiven his own appetite for shame, Dr. Jekyll decides that man has a dual nature – good and evil, and becomes obsessed with separating the two.Dr...

Three Act Plot Analysis

Mr. Utterson sets out to explore the connection between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.Mr. Hyde murders Sir Danvers Carew.By means of two separate narratives, we discover that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are...

Trivia

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the bulk of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in less than a week. He wrote the first draft in three days and the last draft in another three days. As always, Stevenson’s w...

Steaminess Rating

It’s not only improbable, but it’s practically impossible that a story with so many bachelor men would be completely devoid of women or lust. We therefore think that Stevenson deliberat...

Allusions

The Bible: Cain’s heresy (1.1), Captives of Phillipi (10.8), Babylonian finger on the wall (10.15)William Shakespeare: King Lear: "Strip off these lendings and plunge headlong into a sea of l...
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