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Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    Great Book!

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, is a mysterious story that kept me guessing throughout the whole book. I think Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to express the theme that some people aren¿t who other people think they are. Dr. Jekyll wanted to get out of the regular grind and do something spontaneous. Expect the unexpected would definitely be considered the theme of the book. The setting of this book was in London, England during the mid-nineteenth century. London was explained by Robert Louis Stevenson as a city that had an array of diverse people and didn¿t have a sparse population. In the beginning of the book Mr. Enfield witnessed Mr. Hyde, the suspected mass murderer, knock down an innocent girl in the busy streets of London. Mr. Hyde gave Mr. Enfield a check to keep his mouth shut. Mr. Enfield then proceeded to tell Mr. Utterson, the main character, everything that happened. Mr. Utterson tried for weeks to get a mental picture in his head what this Mr. Hyde looked like. In the late hours, one night they crossed paths on the street. Once Mr. Utterson talked to Hyde, he acted very protective of himself and was squirmy. Mr. Utterson asked to see his face but Hyde repelled the question and kept on his walk down the alley. It was at this time that Mr. Utterson went to see Dr. Jekyll, his friend. While in Dr. Jekyll¿s house he stumbled upon his will. It said that all his money would go to Edward Hyde, the murderer! It was at this point in the book that I suspected something. See if you do, too! There were actually quite a lot of minor characters, and about 3 major characters. The major characters included Gabriel Utterson, Edward Hyde, and Henry Jekyll. The minor characters were Richard Enfield, Haste Lanyon, Sir Danvers Carew, and Poole. If there were any more characters they were sufficiently insignificant. I think Robert Louis Stevenson put so many conversations into the book so the readers would understand what was happening. An actual person can put themself in the scene and stand in the character¿s shoes. In the book, Mr. Enfield says, ¿I was coming home from some place at the end of the world, about 3 o¿clock of a black winter morning, and my way lay through a part of town where there was literally nothing to be seen but lamps.¿ By reading this it makes me have a mental vision in my head of the lonely street. This is just my opinion, but I think that Robert Louis Stevenson had a connection to this book not by living the exact same scenario but by everyone expecting so much out of him. I can tell he just wants to cut loose. He morphed his emotions into this book. My favorite part of the entire book was the metamorphosis from Mr. Hyde to Dr. Jekyll. It was the most pronounced part of the entire book. ¿He put the glass to his lips and drank at one gulp. A cry followed he reeled, staggered, clutched at the table and held on, staring with injected eyes, gasping with open mouth and as I looked there came, I thought, a change-he seemed to swell-his face became suddenly black and the features seemed to melt and alter-and the next moment, I had sprung to my feet and leaped back against the wall, my arm raised to shield me from that prodigy, my mind submerged in terror.¿ I would definitely recommend Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to anyone who is looking for a challenge and wants to learn a lot of new words used in the nineteenth century. It was a great book. I thought it was going to be kind of boring before reading it, but Robert Louis Stevenson proved me wrong. If it had a sequel I would be thrilled to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2004

    A great read

    Its a classic. I mean what do you expect? It has good suspence, good characters and a good plot. A good book. read it if your into classics...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2002

    This is book you can really get into.

    This is a great book for readers of all ages.It was full of mystery and action. It never got me bored with a lot talking scenes either. On every page someone was doing something. I recommend this book for people who don't have a lot of time to read because it's only 80 pages long and it won't disappoint anyone.

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