character analysis of Dr Jekyll

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  • Dr Henry Jekyll
    • respected
      • This shows that he is well-liked and respected in the society of Victorian London.
      • The doctor gave one of his pleasant dinners to some five or six old cronies, all intelligent reputable men, and all judges of good wine.
      • As all of the men are judges of 'good wine', it indicates to the reader their wealth and respectability.
      • Dr Jekyll is respected due to his wealth, reputation as a charitable man and his discoveries in science.
    • erratic
      • ...before the smile was struck out of his face and succeeded by an expression of such abject terror and despair, as froze the very blood of the two gentleman below.
      • He's also trying to control his experiment, but failing.
      • This highlights the change in Dr Jekyll's behaviour, as before this quotation, Dr Jekyll was happily talking to Mr Utterson.
      • This is because he is trying to conceal Mr Hyde from everyone.
      • However, Stevenson describes a sudden change in Dr Jekyll's behaviour.
      • Dr Jekyll becomes more erratic as the novel develops.
      • The word 'struck' shows that Hyde's appearance has changed Dr Jekyll's behaviour instantly.
    • determined
      • "I do sincerely take a great, a very great interest in that young man."
      • He is so determined that he risks losing everything in order for him to succeed - his friendships, reputation and wealth.
      • The repetition of 'great' emphasises how determined Jekyll is and illustrates how he feels about Mr Hyde.
      • Dr Jekyll is determined as he wants his experiment to succeed.
      • The use of 'sincerely' shows that his determination and passion are real.
    • intelligent
      • The titles that are attached to Dr Jekyll's name highlight his intelligence, as he has many degrees and qualifications
      • Henry Jekyll, M.D., D.C.L., LL.D., F.RS., etc.
      • The use of 'etc.' suggests there are more.
      • Dr Jekyll is intelligent due to his innovative experiments which are perceived by some others as worldly and un-godly, particularly by the conventional scientist, Dr Lanyon.

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