Jekyll Character Analysis

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  • Created on: 10-06-19 17:08
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    • 'The large handsome face of Dr Jekyll grew pale to the very lips and there came a blackness about his eyes.'
      • The Juxtaposition of his 'handsome face' with his 'pale lips' and black eyes shows a man's duality can not only be mental but physical too
      • 'Pale' has an association with death that comes later in the novel. The 'blackness' links to his Hyde side.
      • The change can over very quickly when talking about the will. The reader gets the sense of evil spreading uncontrollably
    • '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 gentlemen'
      • The sibilance of 'smile was struck' quickens the pace with which the pleasant smile is replaced with the contrasting 'abject terror'
      • 'Smile' is a pleasant image and it is removed forcefully and violently when it's 'struck out'. Hyde cause a physical reaction with all he meets and it 'froze' the blood of Utterson and Enfield.
      • 'Succeeded' has associations with victory-there is a clear sense of battle between Jekyll and Hyde and good and evil.
    • 'My imperious desire to carry my head high, and wear a more than commonly grave countenance before the public. Hence it came that I concealed my pleasures.'
      • The alliteration  of 'head high' represents how Jekyll feels society demands reputation and dignity.
      • The idea Jekyll has to 'wear' a socially acceptable persona links to a costume and how Jekyll is a facade and Hyde is who is behind that costume
      • Concealed has connotations of being hidden away.
    • 'I thus drew steadily nearer to that truth by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two.'
      • 'Jekyll's conclusion is correct - 'steadily', 'truth' and 'discovery' convey rational analysis and show his conclusions are accurate not blasphemies.
      • Jekyll's discover is a 'doomed ... shipwreck' which suggests religious judgement from God.
      • The repetition of 'truly' and 'truth' shows Jekyll is correct and should not be blamed for the truth.


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