The Character of Gabriel Utterson

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  • Gabriel Utterson
    • Reputable
      • Utterson has a very good reputation in the eyes of others, which is suggested by "where Utterson was liked, he was liked well"
      • He is described to be "the last reputable acquaintance and the last good influence in the lives of downgoing men" which shows how good people think he is but also shows that he is a loyal friend
    • Curious
      • The pun "If he be Mr Hyde... I shall be Mr Seek" shows how determined Utterson is to find out about Hyde
      • Utterson feels a "singularly strong, almost an inordinate, curiosity" to meet Hyde which shows how determined he is to overcome the mystery
    • Represses his desires
      • Utterson is described to be "sometimes wondering, almost with envy, at the high pressure of spirits involved in their misdeeds", which implies that he wants to do bad things like others but is forced to not do so due to the importance of his reputation
      • At the very start of the play, he is described as being "austere with himself" which suggests that he is not only serious but also holds back his desires
    • Loyal Friend
      • When referring to Jekyll, Utterson says "I incline to Cain's Heresy...I let my friend go to the devil in his own dark way" which implies that Utterson believes he is to blame and has committed a sin
      • "His affections, like ivy, were the growth of time, they implied no aptness in the object" suggests that Utterson becomes close to those that are around him for a long time, without specifically choosing his friends
      • Utterson does not open Lanyon's letter upon receiving it because "Professional honour and faith to his dead friend were stringent obligations" which shows how he chooses friendship over curiosity
    • Trustworthy
      • Jekyll says to Utterson "I would trust you before any man alive, ay, before myself" which shows that Utterson has proven to be very trustworthy
      • The opening chapter establishes Utterson as a reliable man, which is why readers can trust his perspective throughout the story


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