The Relevance of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Today

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The Relevance of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Today

The novel Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevenson. It was written in 1886. It was set in Victorian society in London. Stevenson was Scottish and came from a strict protestant background. The genre of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is gothic horror. Stevenson was fascinated about the theory of evolution. The theory of evolution suggests that we were once ape-like creatures, this upset many religious people. Many Christians believed that we came from Adam and Eve. Christians didn't like the fact that we were once animals, they thought it suggested negative things. This suggests that man has two sides, a good side and a
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The narrative structure in the novel is achronological, however the book starts in chronological order. This informs the reader why Jekyll would want to be another person. The last chapter "Henry Jekyll's Full Statement of the Case" gives us information about events before the opening chapter of the book.

Stevenson uses various narrational techniques. One narrational technique that Stevenson uses in this novel is dialogue. An example of dialogue is in chapter two when Utterson is talking to Dr Lanyon about Dr Jekyll. Another narrational technique which Stevenson uses in the novel is multiple narrators. An example of this is when Utterson is reading the letter from Dr Lanyon. It may be Utterson reading the letters but it is Dr Lanyon telling his side of the story. The novel starts in third person narrator and ends in first person narrator.

Stevenson wants us to trust Utterson because Utterson is a lawyer who is narrating the story, also because Utterson is reliable. He also wants us to trust Utterson because this builds up mystery.

We have been given first person accounts by Jekyll and Lanyon. The styles of the language of the letters changes to reflect the narrator. An example of this is when Jekyll says "primitive duality"; this tells the reader that he believes that man has two sides. However when Lanyon says "I kept my hand

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