Jekyll & Hyde - Theme Secrecy

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      • "Hence it came about that I concealed my pleasures"
        • Stevenson thought that every Victorian had secret pleasures but weren't allowed it because of Victorian society, using Dr Jekyll as his example.
        • Jekyll had to "conceal" his desires as Victorian society would judge him if he acted upon his wishes.
      • "in a strange place, labouring under a blackness of distress that no fancy can exaggerate"
        • The reader questions why and how Jekyll has got himself into "a strange place" because of the lackluster information Stevenson has given.
    • Beginning
      • "Dr. Jekyll grew pale to the very lips, and there came a blackness about his eyes"
        • Jekyll refuses to discuss Hyde in any capacity, as he is Jekyll's way of doing the things he wants to.
        • Jekyll's behaviour indicates how Stevenson believes that every Victorian had some sort of secret.
      • "He was wild when he was young; a long while ago to be sure; but in the law of God, there is no statute of limitations"
        • Utterson wonders if Jekyll's current behaviour might have something to do with the sins of his youth, acknowledging that Jekyll may have some secret desire.
    • Middle
      • "Succeeded by an expression of such abject terror and despair, as froze the very bloody of the tow gentlemen below."
      • "I have had a shock," he said, "and I shall never recover"
        • Stevenson adds to the mystery with Lanyons' sudden death, as he never says what has caused his sudden change in health.


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