Jekyl hyde Essay

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jekyl hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde
By: carolinamelbelle


Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde Chapter 1 The story begins with a description of Mr. Utterson, a
lawyer in London. Mr. Utterson is a reserved, conservative man who does not reveal his
true, vibrant personality. He tolerates the strangeness and faults of other. Early in his
life, he watched as his brother fell to ruin, and it is noted that he is often the last
respectable person that men who are turning to evil or ruin have to talk to. This
foreshadows Utterson's involvement with upcoming evil. Mr. Utterson is friends with
Richard Enfield, although the two are totally different from one another. They always took
walks with each other on Sundays no matter what else they might have to do. As they walk
down a lane on Sunday that would usually be crowded with merchants and children during the
week, Enfield points out an old building without many windows, and only a basement door.
Enfield tells a story of how, one night at about 3:00 am, he saw a strange, deformed man
round the corner and bump into a young girl. The strange man did not stop but simply
walked right over the young girl, who cried out in terror. Enfield rushed over and
attended the girl along with her family. Still, the strange man carried on, so Enfield
chased him down and urged him back. A doctor was called and Enfield and the doctor felt an
odd hatred of the man, warning the man that they would discredit him in every way possible
unless he compensated the girl. The strange man agreed to offer 100 British pounds.
Enfield notes that the man is like Satan in the way he seems emotionally cold to the
situation. The strange man presented a cheque signed by an important person, which they
together cashed the next morning. Enfield states that he refers to the building as Black
Mail House. Utterson asks Enfield if he ever asked who lived in the building, but Enfield
explains that he doesn't ask questions about strange things: "the more it looks like Queer
Street, the less I ask." The building appears lived in, and the two men carry on their
walk. Enfield continues that the strange man he saw that night looked deformed, though he
could explain how. Utterson assures Enfield that his story has caught his interest. The
two agree never to talk about the story again. Chapter 2 The same evening, Utterson came
home. Instead of reading until sleep at midnight, he poured over the will of his friend
Henry Jekyll, a doctor and very educated man. The will stated that Jekyll's possessions
and position should be handed over to Mr. Hyde, a friend that Utterson had never heard nor
met. Utterson went to the house of Dr. Lanyon, an old school and college friend of
Utterson's and Jekyll's, and asked him about Hyde, but Lanyon had never heard of him.
Lanyon uses several evil references when talking about Jekyll, such as "devilish", and
"gone wrong", foreboding evil relations between Jekyll and Hyde. Utterson knows something
is wrong between the two. Utterson can't sleep for the rest of the night. Utterson
considers how the strange man Enfield spoke of could trample a child and care nothing for
it. Utterson staked out the door of the strange building looking for the strange man, whom
he also believed was Mr. Hyde. One night, he found him. He confronts him as he is about to
go inside the strange door, and finds the strange man is indeed Mr. Hyde. Hyde is
unpleasant, cool, defiant, and confident. Utterson convinces Hyde to show his face, and
Hyde suggests Utterson should know his address, implying that he knows of Jekyll's will.
Utterson refers to Hyde to himself as "troglodytic", meaning a primitive human being,
detestable and unpleasant. Utterson decides to try and visit Jekyll at the late hour. At
Jekyll's home, he learns from the servants that Hyde never east dinner at Jekyll's house,
but is always there in the laboratory, with his own key. The servants rarely see him, but
they have orders to obey him. Utterson leaves, and reflects upon his own life, what evil
deeds he may be guilty of, and what bad things his friend Jekyll may have done in his
life. He decides that this Hyde must be gravely evil, far worse than anything Jekyll may
have ever done. Utterson decides to try and discover what evil things Hyde has done and
may be doing, but fears that his friend Jekyll will object. To finish, Utterson again
considers the strange will of Jekyll, specifically that it he disappears for longer than
three months, that his estate should be turned over to Hyde. Utterson fears that Hyde
might kill Jekyll for the will. Chapter 3 Dr. Jekyll has a dinner party and Utterson
attends. Utterson is a well liked and respected man, by Jekyll as well as anyone. Utterson
stays behind after the party, and talks with Jekyll about the will. Jekyll tries at first
to politely and jovially avoid the topic towards his scientific rivalry with Dr. Lanyon,
but Utterson insists. Utterson explains that he thinks the will is a bad idea, and Jekyll
wishes to stop talking about it. Jekyll states that he is in a unique situation that can't
be fixed through talking, but Utterson promises that he can be trusted to help in
confidence. Jekyll insists that he is in control, that he can be rid of Mr. Hyde at his
own discretion. He begs Utterson to leave the matter alone. He explains that he has great
interest in Hyde, and that Utterson follow his will and secure Jekyll's estate for Hyde if
Jekyll passes away. Utterson promises to fulfill this duty. Chapter 4 One of Jekyll's maid
servants is watching out her window on a foggy night and sees Hyde and Sir Danvers meet by
chance, They talk under her window, and without warning, Hyde explodes with rage and
strikes Danvers with his heavy cane. Hyde stomped upon the man, crushing his bones, while
the maid faints. The maid wakes up, calls the police. They find a purse and gold watch,
and an envelope for Utterson on the victim, but no papers or cards. They find part of
Hyde's splintered, broken cane. Utterson goes to the police station to see the body.
Utterson identifies the victim as Danvers, and notices that the piece of cane resembles
one he gave to Jekyll a long time ago. Utterson leads the police to Hyde's house in Soho.
As they arrive at Hyde's house, Utterson notices the darkness from the brown fog, and
considers the fear people must have of the law and the police. At Hyde's, an very white
skinned woman with grey hair and an evil face tells them she hadn't seen Hyde for 2
months. At first the woman protests, but she seems happy to learn that Hyde might be in
trouble. In the house, Utterson and the police inspector find that only a few rooms are
being used. They find clues to show that Hyde was responsible for the murder: Hyde's
clothes had been ransacked, a burnt cheque book, the other part of the cane, and at the
bank, Hyde's account had several thousand pounds (British money) in it. The inspector
believed that they could simply catch him when he returned to the bank, but found that
without an accurate description of Hyde, they could not prepare the bank to recognize Hyde
when he came in again. Chapter 5 Utterson goes to Jekyll's house, and up to his cabinet
(bedroom), where he finds Jekyll sick, not even getting up to say hello. Utterson tells
Jekyll that Danvers was a client of his and asks if Jekyll is hiding Hyde. Jekyll declares
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