- Created by: GroovyG
- Created on: 14-04-20 13:54
Documents and their significance
Point >> Documents add mystery and tension, explore secrecy in the novella.
- "In the case of the decease of HJ... all his possessions were to pass into the hands of his 'friend and benefactor Edward Hyde'"
- Confusion because Hyde is evil "fiend"
- Keeps J's will in a "safe" - barrier to knowledge
- "HJ forge for a murderer!"
- Assumption made by Utterson - secret is not revealed till end of novella
- Swiftly puts it into his "safe" - barrier to knowledge
- "PRIVATE for the hands of G.J.Utterson ALONE"
- Mystery and tension built
- Barrier - "incase of predecease to be destroyed unread" and "not to be opened till the death or disappearance of Dr. Henry Jekyll"
- Labyrinthine - as soon as we reach conclusions more complications are added
Overall >> Mystery and tension are built because as soon as conclusions begin to form there are more secrets to be unveiled.
Windows and doors
Point >> motif of windows and doors creates a mysterious atmosphere and presents secrecy.
- "Barred with iron"
- Describes J's windows
- Does not want anyone entering
- Secrets held within
- "Neither bell nor knocker"
- Describes H's entrance
- Presents a desire to avoid others
- Secrets being hidden inside
Overall >> By describing buildings in this way Stevenson foreshadows secrets being revealed creating a sense of mystery therefore building tension.
- Extra detail - Utterson smashing down door to cabinet symbolises the breakdown of J's wall of secrets.
Point >> gothic conventions are used throughout the novella to present secrecy and create a mysterious atmosphere.
- Fog - "fog began to lie thickly"
- Used in partnership with secrecy
- Presented as J claims that he is "done with him (H)" which is untrue because he continues to turn into H
- Fog presents lies and hides the truth
- "First fog of season"
- Described in 'The Carew Murder Case'
- Blankets event and hides the truth behind H's whereabouts
- 'The Carew Murder Case' - "full moon", 'The Last Night' and U's search for H - "fogged city moon"
- Secrets are revealed and hidden at night
Overall >> Gothic conventions build tension by creating a mysterious atmosphere through secrecy.
Point >> The silence of others builds secrecy in the novella by increasing the tension.
- "Let us make a bargain never to refer to this again"
- Want to protect reputation as many Victorian gentlemen (C) would have wanted at the time
- Reader is unable to make conclusions and is suspicious of unexplained events
- Jekyll not revealing truth until his full statement
- Had a "desire to carry his head high" yet wanted to be free to do as he pleased - "impatient gaiety of disposition"
- Isolated from others - "stay down here and speak with you from where we are" (Window)
- Presents secrecy because it shows how J never able to share his struggle.
- "I wouldn't speak of this note"
- Choose to keep secrets from each other (not only J)
- Causes U to make assumptions about J that steer the reader from conclusions
Overall >> the silence that the characters choose to oblige to causes for more secrets to be hidden and builds tension in the novella.
- Builds mystery by creating a labyrinthine effect where questions can never be answered
- Builds tension through mysterious atmosphere and added questions
- Makes the reader have to dig further
- Adds suspense to the delayed reveal