Mr Hyde Character Analysis

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  • Hyde
    • 'The man trampled calmly over the child's body and left her screaming on the ground... it wasn't like a man; it was like some damned Juggernaut'
      • The contrasting 'man' against 'child' is threatening, but the oxymoron 'trampled calmly' shows Hyde is naturally comfortable with violence
      • Referencing the 'child's body' dehumanises the victim, and the image of her 'screaming' is a powerful sensual depiction of Hyde's cruelty. She is also a small girl - height of innocence
      • 'Damned' refers to Hyde's sinful nature, with the image of 'Juggernaut' suggesting a violent, powerful force surging in an unstoppable manner.
    • 'And next moment with ape-like fury, he was trampling his victim under foot, and hailing down a storm of blows, under which the bones were audibly shattered and the body jumped upon the roadway'
      • The simile 'ape-like' enforces how he is animalistic and not yet fully evolved. He also hails down a 'storm of blows' indicating the strength of the weather and comparing him to an uncontrollable storm.
      • It happens all very suddenly and in a short burst like something that has been contained for too long.
    • There was something abnormal and misbegotten in the very essence of the creature that now faced me - something, seizing, surprising, revolting.
      • Repeated 's' sound (sibilance) in the Tri-Colon links to evil and original sin.
      • Hyde's affect on Lanyon is all-consuming - it controls his body, shocks his mind and disgusts his morals
      • Lanyon calls him a creature and 'something' means he can't quite explain what Hyde is
    • 'I knew myself, at the first breath of this new life, to be more wicked, tenfold more wicked, sold a slave to my original evil; and the thought, in that moment, braced and delighted me like wine.
      • Repetition of wicked leaves no doubt how wicked he is. It is intoxicating as indicated by 'wine'.
      • 'Sold a slave' suggests evil entraps Jekyll.
      • 'my original evil'  referres to the original sin suggesting sin is a natural part of being human
  • ' one look so ugly that it brought out the sweat on me like running'
  • I had taken a loathing to the gentleman at first sight
  • 'Emotional as a bagpipe... desire to kill him'
  • 'I never saw a man I so disliked and I scarce know why'
  • 'The other snarled aloud into a savage laugh'

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