Jekyll and Hyde


Dr Henry Jekyll

  • "I do sincerely take a great, a very great interest in that young man."- The repetition of 'great' emphasises how determined Jekyll is and illustrates how he feels about Mr Hyde. The use of 'sincerely' shows that his determination and passion are real.
  • ''A smooth- faced man of 50''- He was healthy.
  • "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."- This shows that he is well-liked and respected in the society of Victorian London. As all of the men are judges of 'good wine', it indicates to the reader their wealth and respectability.
  • ''Henry Jekyll, M.D., D.C.L., LL.D., F.RS., etc.''- The titles that are attached to Dr Jekyll's name highlight his intelligence, as he has many degrees and qualifications. The use of 'etc.' suggests there are more.
  • ''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.''- This highlights the change in Dr Jekyll's behaviour, as before this quotation, Dr Jekyll was happily talking to Mr Utterson. However, Stevenson describes a sudden change in Dr Jekyll's behaviour. The word 'struck' shows that Hyde's appearance has changed Dr Jekyll's behaviour instantly.
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Mr Edward Hyde

  • ''Trampled calmly''- The oxymoron is used to show he is violent.
  • "There is something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing, something downright detestable. I never saw a man so disliked."- Enfield shows that he is greatly appalled and disgusted by Hyde's appearance, suggesting that he is other-worldly and doesn't belong in the reputable society of Victorian London.
  • ''with ape-like fury, he was trampling his victim under foot, and hailing down a storm of blows.''- Relates back to darwinism.The use of the simile 'ape-like fury' describes Hyde as an animal capable of rages, not a human. This shows that Hyde doesn't care about his actions and has no control over his fiery, animalistic behaviour.
  • ''damed jugganaught''- He is unstoppable and inhumane.
  • "It took on this occasion a double dose to recall me to myself; and alas!"- This shows that Mr Hyde is getting stronger, as Dr Jekyll needs to use more drugs to return to his former self. The use of the exclamation mark suggests that this surprises and also scares Jekyll as he is unsure and wary of Hyde's power.
  • ''Looking upon a body of a self destroyer- Hyde didn't have a reputation to destroy.
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Mr Gabriel Utterson

  • ''Drank gin''- This was seen as a poor mans drink so this shows he is not bothered about social classes.
  • "If he be Mr Hyde," he had thought, "I shall be Mr Seek."- This demonstrates Utterson's persistence in wanting to find Mr Hyde. Stevenson uses the play on words, "Mr Seek" to show Utterson's curious nature in discovering the truth about Mr Hyde.
  • '' the packet slept in the inmost corner of his private safe''- He is professional and a good friend.
  • "This is very good of you, this is downright good of you, and I cannot find words to thank you in."- Jekyll's response to Utterson's good deed shows that Jekyll is grateful for what Utterson has done and for his friendship.
  • "I can't pretend that I shall ever like him,"- This shows that Utterson speaks his mind - to the point where his friendship with Jekyll could be compromised.
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Dr Hastie Lanyon

  • ''Unscientific balderdash''- Lanyon and Jekyll are estranged because they disagreed over science. Dr Lanyon doesn't agree with Jekyll's experiments or 'believe' in them, as he calls them 'balderdash'.
  • "I am quite done with that person."- This shows that Dr Lanyon is stubborn, as he refuses to acknowledge Dr Jekyll's name. The fact that he is saying he is 'done with that person' shows that Lanyon doesn't forgive easily.
  • ''my soul sickend at it''- He was disturbed from witnessing the transformation.
  • ''my own growing suspense''- Lanyon was curious, as he was a man of science,
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