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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Transcript of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
The significance of Henry Jekyll writing a letter to explain what has happened shows his point of view and his side of the story. As readers we can see how everything took place and happened from his perspective. It also allows the readers to see for themselves everything because the rest of the story is told from Mr. Untterson's perspective.
Characterization of Dr. Jekyll
What type of person is Jekyll?
Does he enjoy being Hyde? Why?
What might Jekyll symbolize, along with Hyde?
The Victorian Era
The period of Queen Victoria's reign which began in 1837 and ended in 1901.
How does this develop?
Enlightenment: the state of having knowledge or understanding .
How is this theme related to the Victorian Era?
This relates to the Victorian Era because during this time period, there were many scientific break throughs and discoveries so the people were being enlightened on the new ideas and inventions.
Dr. Jekyll is a man of intelligence, wealth and loyalty.
It was a time of peace, prosperity and national self-confidence for Britain.
The era was before the Georgian period and the Edwardian period was after.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way
It also was a time of growth in wealth, power and culture.
The Industrial Revolution had just ended and many things began to change.
However, the Victorian Era was a time of pollution from the factories, and child labor.
There was also an increase in population so housing was small and dirty.
This quote is a good explanation of the Victorian Era.
- A Tale of Two Cities
Theme of Enlightenment
Jekyll was born with having two different personalities.
He became a doctor so he could do testing and investigations on himself to figure out what was the matter with him.
Dr. Jekyll completed a very dangerous and poisoning experiment to test his theory of trying to erase the evil side of him away, but he only created another appearance for himself, for Hyde.
He completed the second part of the experiment to see if Jekyll and his physical description were still there of if he was now Hyde.
Jekyll came to the conclusion that in order to switch appearances between Jekyll and Hyde, he had to drink a special drink that contained many chemicals.
I think Dr. Jekyll symbolizes the good in life because he is a successful man, with money, friends, education and a great future planned ahead for him.
I think Hyde symbolizes the evil and bad choices we make in our life. I think this because Edward Hyde is constantly letting his inner emotions effect what he does
In the book he is described as "a large, well-made, smooth-faced man of fifty, with something of a stylish cast perhaps," (page 19)
Why did Jekyll continue the experiment?
Dr. Jekyll figured out that if he took a certain drug it would change his physical appearance to look like Edward Hyde.
So, Dr. Jekyll continued the experiment to test to see if he took the drug again as Hyde, if he would turn back to Jekyll.
What is the significance of the letter?
Why change the point of view?
I think changing the perspective for the explanation of Hyde and Jekyll is important because it adds credibility to the story. Up until now in the story, the readers have heard everything from Mr. Utterson's perspective, and I think adding another point of view makes the story more dependable and probable .
No, Dr. Jekyll would prefer to be Jekyll because Jekyll has friends and a good reputation. Where as, Hyde has a bad reputation and many people don't like him.
"Yes, I preferred the elderly and discontented doctor, surrounded by friends and cherishing honest hopes;" page 63
However he did enjoy the disguise of Hyde because it allowed him to do things that Jekyll would never be aloud to do since he was a man of great power and intelligence.
"That i had enjoyed in the disguise of Hyde." page 63
Thank You for your attention!
By: Emma Yunker
Enlightenment is shown in
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
when Dr. Jekyll learns and becomes a good scientist through his experiment on himself. Being born with two different personalities encouraged him to study and practice science so he could help understand more about himself.
Some new scientific achievements of The Victorian Era include:
Darwin and the Theory of Evolution
Henry Fox Talbot and Photography
Thomas Edison invents incandescent lamp
Tuberculosis was found by Robert Koch
Cause of malaria found by Ronald Ross