Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – P.E.A.

Para 1: Conflict in social behaviour   –      Society expects him to behave a certain way –       “We told the man we could make such a scandal out of this, as should make his name stink from one end of London to the other.” –      “stink” – colloquial/ slang – abrupt and harsh sound – anger – Reputation will be ruined ENTIRELY –      Jekyll wants … Continue reading Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – P.E.A.

Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Location

1.     What clues are there that the house has been neglected over a long time?   “The door… was blistered and distained.” “It seemed scarcely a house.” “a blind forehead of discoloured wall on the upper…”  2. What clues are there that the house’s occupant does not want to be known?   “The door, which was equipped with neither bell nor knocker…” “the windows are … Continue reading Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Location

Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Themes

Social Appearances The main motivations for the characters in the novel seem to be a form of preventing their names from being tarnished. Utterson works unstintingly to protect the reputation of his friend, Jekyll, who would lose a great deal if his association with Hyde became well-known. Bear in mind that the public might question his scientific studies, let alone their results, he needs his … Continue reading Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Themes

Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

The Final Night Poole, Jekyll’s butler asks for Utterson’s help one night, as his master has been behaving so erratically that the staff in the house have become afraid of him. He continues to live in seclusion, in the cabinet above the laboratory. Poole explains that he only communicates with him via a series of notes with instructions written on them, usually asking him to … Continue reading Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

Henry Jekyll’s Full Statement on the Case Jekyll gives an account of his early life, and how he always separated his personality, so few ever saw him indulge in pleasure. He acknowledges that both sides of his personality were “in earnest” but he knew his shame must be hidden. As he grew older, he continued to separate these parts of his life. To fully divide … Continue reading Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

Doctor Lanyon’s Narrative Utterson opens the old letter from Lanyon, Jekyll having now died. Lanyon received a letter from Jekyll late the previous year. In the note he was asked to go to Jekyll’s house, collect a drawer filled with scientific materials and then return home. Thereafter, he would be visited by a stranger, who would take the drawer from him. A little unnerved by … Continue reading Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

Incident at the Window Out on their Sunday walk, Utterson and Enfield find themselves again at the door to Hyde’s house, noticing its close proximity to Jekyll’s laboratory for the first time. Glancing up, they see Jekyll at the window but he refuses to come down. As they talk, Jekyll has some kind of seizure and quickly shuts the window. Utterson and Enfield had both … Continue reading Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

The Remarkable Incident of Doctor Lanyon With Hyde now out of the way, Jekyll re-enters public life, engaging socially with friends and also making generous acts of charity. For two months, he continues to be his old self. However, in Early January he retreats into solitude again. After six nights of this new withdrawal, Utterson visits Lanyon to find out what’s what. Lanyon is white … Continue reading Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

The Incident of the Letter Utterson visits Jekyll and finds him in his laboratory. The laboratory is a mess, with packing crates and straw covering the floor. Jekyll himself looks ill. Utterson is concerned that Hyde, now a suspected murderer, is connected to Jekyll, and so the murder will bring shame on the doctor. Jekyll reassures Utterson that Hyde will never contact him again. He … Continue reading Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

The Carew Murder Case Nearly a year later, London society was alarmed by the murder of Sir Danvers Carew, a well-respected elderly man, who Hyde beat to death in the street. Utterson was notified of the case and called to the police station as a man who could identify Hyde. He led the police to Hyde’s house but he has vacated the premises. Unusually, he … Continue reading Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

Doctor Jekyll was quite at ease Following a dinner party two weeks later, Utterson has the chance to speak to Jekyll about his strange friend. Jekyll is uncomfortable and asks Utterson not to mention him again; he does, however, request that if Jekyll ever disappears, Utterson will promise to defend Hyde in any legal matters. Utterson says he does not like Hyde but promises to … Continue reading Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

Search for Mister Hyde Utterson returns home after his conversation with Enfield. He is worried because he is Henry Jekyll’s lawyer, and holds his will. Taking the will out to re-examine it, he notices two unusual clauses; first, if he is to die, one Edward Hyde would inherit his entire wealth; second, if Jekyll disappears for more than three months, the same terms apply. Curious, … Continue reading Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries

The Story of the Door Mister Utterson, a shy and austere lawyer, regularly walks on a Sunday with his friend, Mister Enfield. The two seem to have nothing in common but they regard their walks as a vital part of their lives. On one walk, the pair stumble across an ugly dwelling in one of London’s back-streets. Enfield tells Utterson he knows a story about … Continue reading Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde – Summaries