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Reading the Will: Chapter 2 of “Jekyll and Hyde”

In Chapter 2 of “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”, the reliable (if somewhat dull) Mr Utterson extricates his friend’s will from the safe, and recoils at its unusual contents; if Jekyll dies or disappears, his estate will be inherited by the villainous and mysterious Hyde – whose violent attack on aContinue reading “Reading the Will: Chapter 2 of “Jekyll and Hyde””


“Jekyll and Hyde”: The Murder of Sir Danvers Carew

The murder of Sir Danvers Carew in Chapter 4 of Jekyll and Hyde is symbolically significant, particularly when compared with the attack on the young girl described in Chapter 1. Instead of a vulnerable, working-class, nameless female victim, in Chapter 4 Hyde selects (or just happens upon?) a man with power, influence, and wealth. NowContinue reading ““Jekyll and Hyde”: The Murder of Sir Danvers Carew”

“Jekyll and Hyde”: Introducing Mr Utterson

When first opening “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”, you would be forgiven for thinking that you would find an introduction to the titular characters. Dickens’s David Copperfield, Jane Austen’s Emma, and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway spring to mind as examples of this format. Yet Stevenson uses the first page to establishContinue reading ““Jekyll and Hyde”: Introducing Mr Utterson”