The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson in “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is
telling us that we fear the knowledge of our duality so we keep silent. We are afraid of
the truth, about ourselves, so we stay quiet. Everyone has a part of himself or herself
that they don’t reveal to anyone. We are afraid to show it but when it comes out
we’d rather not talk about it.
The author shows knowledge as a very important thing. “Now I shall know you
again,” said Mr. Utterson. “It may be useful.” This quote is said when
Mr. Utterson meets Mr. Hyde for the first time. Another quote that proves this is “I
wish to see or hear no more of Dr. Jekyll.” Lanyon said this after he had seen Mr.
Hyde turn into Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Utterson was asking him questions about Dr. Jekyll.
“ Lanyon, you remember your vows: what follows is under the seal of our
profession...” Lanyon is about to find out about Dr. Jekyll’s secret.
Another pattern that the author shows as being important is fear. Mr. Utterson and Mr.
Enfield were walking together and seen Dr. Jekyll in his house. They were talking to him
when all of a sudden he started to change into Mr. Hyde. When they saw this they looked at
each other, both were pale and had an answering horror in their eyes. “ I am afraid,
I think there has been foul play.” Poole says this when he goes and talks to Mr.
Utterson about Dr. Jekyll. Also when Mr. Utterson and Poole want to talk to Dr. Jekyll and
ask for him but find out that Mr. Hyde is inside they swing an axe at his door. They hear
a “ dismal screech, as of mere animal terror.” Another way fear is shown is
when Lanyon saw Mr. Hyde turn into Dr. Jekyll. “O God and O God again and
again.” Lanyon said this after what he saw.
Another major pattern is duality. You can see duality through out the whole book. One
example is Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield. Mr. Utterson is very popular around town. He is
also involved with the town. On the other hand Mr. Enfield was always quiet and
didn’t do anything around the town. But they were always together. Another example
is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll was a smart, polite, and kind person. While Mr.
Hyde was a person who liked to have fun. He was a rude and an evil person. This shows
duality because Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was the same person. In the last chapter, the one
that Henry Jekyll wrote he says “ Hence it came about that I concealed my
pleasures.” He wrote saying that he was holding back. Also in the same letter he
says “...I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my