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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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'The man seems hardly human! Something troglodytic shall we say?'
Noun troglodytic demonstrates that Hyde is primitive and uncivilised which could be referring to the context of Darwin's Theory of Evolution (that was not accepted in Victorian society)
Reference to 'ape' also relates to Darwin's Theory of Evolution as the hypothesis was that we evolved from apes. Lots of people were against the idea, therefore Stevenson may have done this to highlight his belief in this hypothesis, despite what others thought.
'Blasphemies on the pages'
Noun blasphemies plays on Victorian fear of the anti-God theory and the idea that god didn't create us, and threatens morals and traditions - this links to where Stevenson is actually an atheist so could be reflecting his feelings towards the existence of God.
'My devil had longed been caged'
Noun 'caged' shows that the Victorian era was a restriction and forced people to suppress their true identity into a caged manner to be deemed as respectable.
'gnashed' and 'growl'
Signifies Hyde's extreme animalistic behaviour.
'The man trampled calmly over the child's body'
'Trampled' and 'calmly' juxtaposed as Hyde tramples violently, but calmly to perhaps signify that he feels no remorse - symptoms of perhaps, Hyde is a psychopath and has no emotion over what he is doing.
'He was trampling over his victim' 'The bones were audibly shattered and the body jumped upon the runway'
'victim' implies a serious crime has been committed by Hyde which suggests he is a savage individual.
The fact that the bones were 'audibly shattered' and the body 'jumped' gives a horrifying visual to the readers yet gives them an insight as to the scale of damage that Hyde can cause.
'He broke out in a great flame of anger'
'Flame' connotes the colour of red which symbolises danger and violence - the fact that he 'broke out' into this anger suggests he is unable to control his outbursts, indicative of his destructive behaviour. Flames are quick, and spread in the same way that Hyde's destructive actions have spread across London and caused conflict among many.
'Now that the evil influence had been withdrawn, a new life began for Dr Jekyll.'
The 'evil influence' as a symbol for the dual nature that Jekyll and Hyde have. Shows the good and evil, how now that the evil was gone all that was left was good.
'In my second character'
Jekyll confessing his character of Hyde
'All human beings, as we meet them, are con-mingled out of good and evil'
That we as humans have good and bad sides, and Stevenson appears to be encouraging people to express themselves and refrain from suppressing your inner self or you may end up as destructive as Jekyll and Hyde became. Could also be showing Stevenson's inner conflict and how he used to talk to himself as though he had another side.
'And from these agonies of death and birth I had come forth an angel instead of a fiend'
Juxtaposition of 'angel' and 'fiend' and 'death and birth' emphasises the idea of Good vs evil in the novella.
UTTERSON: 'If he be Mr Hyde, I shall be Mr Seek'
Showing his determination to find the true identity of Hyde. Signifies that Utterson is a good man and is trying to do good as a lawyer as well as a friend to Jekyll.
UTTERSON described as 'dusty, dreary' yet 'loveable'
Alliteration of 'dusty,dreary' emphasises his boring yet curious personality as in Chapter 1 he appears to be lifeless yet as you go through the novella his personality changes throughout in the same way that Jekyll changes with Hyde. Stevenson may have done this to highlight the fact that duality may be present in every human being.
UTTERSON: 'My mind misgives me, he is in deep waters!'
Utterson thinks Jekyll is a victim of Hyde's crimes. His respect and care towards Jekyll shows his good character.
'Before the smile was struck out of his face and succeeded by an expression of such abject terror'
Shows how powerless Jekyll is to his actions
'Every mark of capacity and kindness'
'mark' gives connotations of longevity, and that this was ironic as Jekyll's capacity and kindness did not last for very long when he transformed into Hyde.
'All intelligent and reputable'
Prior to the transformation into Hyde - shows how Hyde has changed him
'The fog rolled over the city in the small hours'
'Fog' is very unclear and dirty, which signifies the lack of purity everyone had in the novella, shows that everyone was guilty of having a bad side but just rather suppressed it.
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