The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Review and AnalysisIntroduction In the late 18th and early 19th century, novels written in Gothic tradition flourished. These were known by the gloom, mystery and grotesque in the story.
During this era a Scottish author, Robert Louis Stevenson also first published in 1886” The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. From that time on up to now it has become one of the famous and classic novels of all times.
A review and analysis was important to explore and interpret the whole novel. The review includes understanding elements, identifying theme, significance and symbolism in order to better appreciate this literary piece. As an overview of the plot, it began around the lawyer named Mr. Utterson who tried to investigate the strange case about the looming figure called Mr. Hyde. It so happened that this man is related to his close friend Dr. Henry Jekyll.
Perplexed, the lawyer visited Dr. Jekyll and their friend Dr. Lanyon to search answers about it.
Years passed and many things started to change. Jekyll suddenly begins to refuse visitors and Dr. Lanyon died from some kind of shock. Before dying, Lanyon gave a letter to Utterson with the instruction not to open it until Jekyll’s death. Jekyll started to secluded himself in his laboratory. His servant was bothered so one day Mr. Utterson and Poole break inside the laboratory and there they found the body of Mr. Hyde wearing Jekyll’s clothes and apparently dead by suicide with a letter from Jekyll to Utterson promising to explain everything.
In the early 20th century critics judge the novel as “not worthy” to be classified as a finest literature but then in the last few decades the novel has proved to be just one of the most influential stories.Review and Analysis The novel has an interesting plot which many believed tackled the duality of human nature or how man is struggling between his good and evil nature. One reason that the phrase “jekyll and hide” had become a very popular term for describing those with some kind of a split personality. The characters of Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are the focal point of the story.
The location of the story occur so much in the urban setting. The mood revolved around mystery and suspense. The story was narrated focusing on the lawyer’s investigation making it similar with detective novels.
Characters like Mr. Utterson and Enfield seemed reserved and compose. The novel was created in a melodramatic tone. It was also similar to other genres like “doppelganger” which means having a mysterious double.
There were also motifs of violence against innocent, urban terror and silence. Dr. Jekyll asserted his realizations by the following lines like “I learned to recognize the thorough and primitive duality of man. If I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both”. He created a potion believing that “man is not truly one, but truly two” and he revealed his plan to separate them in Chapter 10: Henry’s Full Statement of the Case.Conclusion This novel successfully imparted a memorable and meaningful story to its reader.
One cannot disagree that this novel has been one of the most influential fiction novel ever created. It was memorable since many people continue to recognize and understand its theme. The implication in different areas of knowledge like science, religion, psychology was observable. People appreciate the novel not only by its literary quality or construction but also by its symbolism and allegory of human and the society.
People were able to connect and feel the message of the entire novel. It was similar to many other genres of literature while it clearly stands outs from other works. It was marvelous because of its supernatural and other wondrous impossibilities making the novel unforgettable and enduring.Work Cited “Dr.
Jekyll And Mr. Hyde: Robert Louis Stevenson” 2008. SparkNotes: Literature Study Guide. 23 October 2008. <http://www.sparknotes.com/>