Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Stories - Alma BooksThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , novella by Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson , published in The names of Dr. Hyde , the two alter egos of the main character, have become shorthand for the exhibition of wildly contradictory behaviour, especially between private and public selves. The tale—told largely from the perspective of Mr.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Summary & Analysis - Robert Louis Stevenson
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories of the Supernatural
The novella's impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" entering the vernacular to refer to people with an unpredictably dual nature: usually very good , but sometimes shockingly evil. Stevenson had long been intrigued by the idea of how human personalities can affect how to incorporate the interplay of good and evil into a story. While still a teenager, he developed a script for a play about Deacon Brodie , which he later reworked with the help of W. Henley and which was produced for the first time in In the small hours of one morning,[ Thinking he had a nightmare, I awakened him.
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Beneath the prim and proper morals of Victorian society lurks a violent madman who emerges at night to commit the most cold-hearted of crimes. Nothing is known of him except his name: Mr Hyde. A lawyer and a doctor begin their own investigation and are shocked to find that Mr Hyde is an acquaintance of their respectable friend Dr Henry Jekyll. Worse still, Dr Jekyll is unwilling to listen to them and retreats into his laboratory when confronted. As months turn to years and the violence turns to ruthless murder, Dr Jekyll is finally forced to confront the chaos.
Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow lovable. At friendly meetings, and when the wine was to his taste, something eminently human beaconed from his eye; something indeed which never found its way into his talk, but which spoke not only in these silent symbols of the after-dinner face, but more often and loudly in the acts of his life. He was austere with himself; drank gin when he was alone, to mortify a taste for vintages; and though he enjoyed the theatre, had not crossed the doors of one for twenty years. But he had an approved tolerance for others; sometimes wondering, almost with envy, at the high pressure of spirits involved in their misdeeds; and in any extremity inclined to help rather than to reprove. And to such as these, so long as they came about his chambers, he never marked a shade of change in his demeanour. No doubt the feat was easy to Mr.