Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde Symbolism Essay

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, written by Robert Louis Stevenson, is a mysterious novel that recounts the double life of a troubled scientist, Dr. Jekyll. While Jekyll himself is trying to figure out what is happening, a London lawyer named Mr. Utterson is also trying to solve the secretive case. After various trials, Dr. Jekyll is slowly able to reveal the truth. Stevenson uses symbolism to clarify the reader’s understanding of his characters. He also uses Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’s houses to reflect their personalities and to visually display the connections between the pair. As Mr. Utterson is trying to piece together these strange occurrences, he often observes both Jekyll and Hyde’s houses. As a well-known scientist, Jekyll frequently throws dinner parties and has a well reputation with others. Stevenson describes his house saying, “One house, however, second from the corner, was still occupied entire; and at the door of this, which wore a great…show more content…
Jekyll, Mr. Hyde’s house was on a small and dim side-street. Stevenson describes Hyde by saying, “He is not easy to describe. There is something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing, something downright detestable. I never say a man I so disliked, and yet I scarce know why” (Stevenson 9). Mr. Hyde’s character was not only difficult to describe but it was unknown. Everyone that knew him, which consisted of very few people, noticed that something about Hyde was malevolent. Hyde’s house is described as “two stories high, showing no window—nothing but a door on the lower story and a blind forehead of discolored wall on the upper—and bore in every feature the marks of prolonged and sordid negligence” (Stevenson 3). Hyde’s house was hardly a house at all. There was one door and, kind of like Mr. Hyde, there was no real activity ever seen at the house. Like Hyde, the house was there but not fully present at the same time, creating mystery surrounding his

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