Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde By: Robert Louis Stevenson
Rofeeah Ayeni English 10 Period 2
Questions: 1) What inspired you to write this novel? I want to ask this question because every author has different inspirations and i am wondering what specifically inspired his plot. 2) How did you come up with the characters's characteristics/personality? I want to ask this question because I am curious as to why and who in the character's life potrays the characteristics potrayed in the story. 3) If your book was a series, what would the next one be based on? I am curious as to what the spin off would be about to see if maybe If Mr. Jekyll didn't really die or maybe someone else of a different social class drank the potion and how it would affect their life. 4) Why did you choose to portray the idea of good and evil in the life of a scientist and not someone else (like a religious believer)? I am curious as to why the author chose Dr. Jekyll specifically to be the main character. I want to know if there is a reason behind it.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde- Macbeth. Dr Jekyll is the main character of the story. He faces a battle in balancing between good and evil. He is very similar to Macbeth because they enter into the evil realm knowing it is evil but, they still believe they can go back to being good whenever they want to. Macduff- Mr. Utterson Utterson is one of Dr. Jekyll friends and he is a lawyer. Utterson is very similar to Macduff or Banquo because they all had suspicions that something strange was up with the main character. Utterson is more of a Macduff though, because they both actually took action to investigate the problem. Dr Lanyon-Banquo Lanyon is a fellow scientist and partner in crime of Dr. Jekyll. Lanyon is very similar to Banquo because they are both close to the main character but, they died due to the evil doing of the main characters.
Imagery- Dr.Jekyll's transformation to Mr.Hyde "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...pale and shaken, and half fainting..like a man restored from death-there stood Henry Jekyll." This very vivid quote describes Lanyon's reaction to Dr. Jekyll's transformation into Mr. Hyde. Symbolism (Mr.Hyde losing being a gentleman by the breaking of the walking stick) "With a transport of glee, I mauled the unresisting body, tasting delight from every blow;and it was not till weariness had begun to succeed,that I was suddenly struck through the heart by a cod thrill of terror." This quote explains the brutal beating of Mr.Hyde on Carew with his walking stick. The breaking of the walking stick as he killed Carew symbolized the breaking of Dr.Jekyll being a gentleman. Walking sticks were used by higher class gentlemen. Hyde's appearance-"There is something wrong with his appearance...he gives a strong feeling of deformity. He's an extraordinary-looking man." Mr Hyde's appearance symbolizes a sense of fear and evil. This symbolized the darkness within Dr. Jekyll. Motifs(The concept of light and dark) Toward the beginning of the story, Hyde only comes out to do evil things at night.
The novels Macbeth and Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde have a lot in common. They both focus on the main character's adjustment to evil. One main similarity is the fact that both of these men try keep their evil side secret from others. They both go exploring into the evil realm and they think that they can easily go back to their good state whenever they feel like. Macbeth kills multiple people and hopes he can become king without any consequences.Dr. Jekyll also kills people as Mr.Hyde and he hopes to not take consequences for his actions by hiding away. Another similarity is the fact that they are both obsessed with what they desire. Macbeth desires power. Dr.Jekyll desires to tap into the evil and good of humans. In the process of trying to fulfill their desires, they both perform terrible action. Eventually they both end up paying for their evil with their lives.
The novels Macbeth and Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde might have some similarities but they are very different. The first obvious difference is the fact that the story is set in different time periods. Macbeth is set in the 11th century in Scotland. While Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde Is set earlier around the 1800s in London. Another difference is the fact that Macbeth for the most part was accompanied by his wife Lady Macbeth to commit some of the evil deeds. While Dr. Jekyll was pretty much alone in finalizing his potion and making it come alive. It was hard for him to seek help because Mr.Hyde was out of control. Another difference is the fact that Macbeth himself committed evil while, Mr Hyde committed all the evil things not Dr. Jekyll. Even though Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde are in the same body, they have different minds. Macbeth is just 1 man that has a mind of evil. He can't put the blame on anyone but himself.