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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde | Study Guide

Robert Louis Stevenson

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dr-jekyll-and-mr-hyde-robert-louis-stevensonSet in 19th-century London, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a classic work of psychological horror. It tells the story of Dr. Henry Jekyll, who uses his scientific knowledge to split his darker impulses into a second self, Mr. Edward Hyde, so he can indulge forbidden desires freely.One Man, Two SelvesTHEMESGood & EvilDr. Jekyll demonstrates how attractive evil is as he creates an entirely different self to enjoy being bad. The Divided SelfDr. Jekyll invents a tincture that divides him into two people with two very different personalities.ClassPart of Mr. Hyde's evil is that he embraces violence and sexuality, against Victorian values.Mr. LanyonDr. Jekyll's friend; breaks with Jekyll over science Mr. PooleDr. Jekyll's loyal servant; realizes something is wrongMr. UttersonDr. Jekyll's lawyer and old friendDr. JekyllMan with good and evil impulsesMain CharactersMr. HydeDr. Jekyll's secret, evil shadow selfClothingTattered but elegant clothing symbolizes the transformation from gentleman to beast.The Walking StickMr. Hyde uses Dr. Jekyll's stick—a sign of his status in societyto beat a man to death.DarknessMr. Hyde commits his worst deeds at night: he is a creature of darkness, fog, and shadow.SymbolsDr. Jekyll, Henry Jekyll's Full Statement of the Casell human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil.Sources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, Poetry Foundation,, The Telegraph, Victorian WebCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Scottish author Stevenson is known for great adventure stories, including Treasure Island. To escape illness throughout his life, Stevenson traveled widely, and the iconic idea for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde came to him in a dream in England. His bad dream turned real on the page, enchanting generations of readers.ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON1850–94AuthorRobert Louis Stevenson1886EnglishNovellaAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageDr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeHorror1Copies the novel sold in its first six months40,000+Superhero inspired by the novel's characters: the HulkMovies based on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde>100Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hydeby the NumbersDays it took Stevenson to rewrite the book after burning the first draft3

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