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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hy. A short summary of Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This free Dr. Jekyll. With these words, both the document and the novel come to a close. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. No cover available Read this book online: Generated HTML (with images).
Utterson says Hyde is a cruel and vicious man who knocks over a child on purpose and steps on her without a care. But this is only the beginning of his evil behaviour, later on he kills an MP without reason. Hyde is seen going into Dr. Jekyll's home several times on different nights. How are the two men connected? Jekyll is a kind and responsible man but he is worried.
It seems Dr. Jekyll is protecting Mr. Hyde — but why? As we follow Mr. Utterson and through the clever use of letters written by Jekyll and Hyde, we discover the terrible secret that connects them! This is a very well written book, with descriptive and powerful language. The characters and their feelings are described beautifully, for example, Mr. Utterson "spent his words as rarely as gold" and Hyde, who stares at people "with a sneering coolness — like the devil himself" making people feel uncomfortable just by looking at him.
There are two main ideas in the story. Firstly, the battle of good versus evil. We see this in the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. In Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, the movie poster warned: Thank you! View all 34 comments. Feb 20, Nayra. View all 14 comments. Nov 15, J. Keely rated it it was amazing Shelves: After the overblown Frankenstein and the undercooked Dracula , it's pleasant to find that the language and pacing of the third great pillar of horror is so forceful and deliberate especially since I was disappointed by Stevenson's other big work, Treasure Island.
But then, this is a short story, and it's somewhat easier to carry off the shock, horror, and mystery over fewer pages instead of drawing it out like Shelley and Stoker into a grander moralizing tale. But Stevenson still manages to get After the overblown Frankenstein and the undercooked Dracula , it's pleasant to find that the language and pacing of the third great pillar of horror is so forceful and deliberate especially since I was disappointed by Stevenson's other big work, Treasure Island.
But Stevenson still manages to get in quite a bit of complexity, even in the short space. As I was reading it, I found myself wishing I didn't already know the story--that it hadn't been automatically transmitted to me by society--because I wondered how much better it would be to go in not knowing the answer to the grand, central mystery, but instead being able to watch it unfold before me.
Much has been said about the 'dual nature of man', the good versus the evil sides, but what fascinated me about the book was that despite being drawn in such lines, it did not strike me as a tale of one side of man versus another. Indeed, it is the virtuous side who seeks out a way to become destructive, showing that his virtuosity is a mere sham. Likewise, neither Jekyll nor Hyde seem to have any real motivation to be either 'good' or 'evil', it is more that they are victims of some disorder which compels them to be as they are--that causal Victorian psychology which, in the end, robs anyone involved of premeditation for what they do.
Dracula kills to survive, Frankenstein does so because he is the product of the ultimate broken home and Hyde does it as a self-destructive compulsion despite the fact that he loves life above all else, yet is unable to protect himself well enough to retain it. This is not the evil of Milton's Satan, or of Moriarty, who know precisely what they do and do it because of the way they see the world before them, but that of the phrenologist, who measures a man's head with calipers and declares him evil based upon the values so garnered, independent of any understanding, motivation, or reason.
And yet this is not an unbelievable evil--indeed, Stevenson uses it as an analysis of addiction and other self-destructive behaviors, where the pure chemical rush of the thing becomes its own cause, despite the fact that the addict will tell you he wishes nothing more than to be rid of it, to be normal again, never to have tasted the stuff in the first place. It is a place a man might fall into through ignorance and carelessness, never realizing how hard it could be, in the end, to escape.
And that's something we can all relate to, far more than the sociopathy of Moriarty, which requires that you have complete understanding but just a completely different set of emotional reactions to the world around you. It is much easier for most people to say that there is some part inside them that they do not like, that makes them uncomfortable, some thoughts and desires which rise unbidden from their brain, and which they must fight off.
And it is the fact that they are strong enough to need to be fought off that unsettles us and gives us pause, for we do not like to think that such incomprehensible forces might always be there, working, just beneath the surface, and which might come out not due to some dark desire or motivation, but due to simple, thoughtless error.
View all 10 comments. It seems like I've been familiar with the "good" Dr. Jekyll and the "evil" Mr. Hyde all my life, but the thing that most struck me, once I finally got around to actually reading this classic, is--other than their outward appearance--how alike these two aspects of the same man actually are. Jekyll has always been aware of the duality in his character: When he creates the potion that transforms him into Hyde, he's not leaving only his virtues with Jekyll and putting all his evil aspects into Hyde: The movement was thus wholly toward the worse.
So Henry Jekyll still has all of his original hidden vices, and Hyde seems to me to be just a way for him to let the evil side of himself loose without Jekyll thinks fear of repercussions. But Hyde isn't purely evil either--there seems to be more of Jekyll's character in Hyde than the good doctor is willing to admit, or Hyde wouldn't always have been so anxious to turn himself back into Jekyll, like when he writes the frantic letter to his friend for help. I think our doctor is a bit of an unreliable narrator.
It's interesting to think about the symbolism of the names here: Most of the other characters also seem to have their hidden vices. There's a lot of discussion and symbolism in the book about dual natures: Certainly this was a major issue in Victorian times, when people in society wanted to appear very proper, but there was some major hidden sleaziness and vice.
I'm not sure, in the end, what the book is trying to say is the cure for this problem. Repression doesn't appear to work very well, but at the same time, Jekyll's woes and eventual death come from his caving in to his evil desires, hidden or not. Maybe there are no easy answers. Actor Richard Mansfield portrayed Jekyll and Hyde in a theater production in the 's so well that he was suspected of being Jack the Ripper! A big thanks to Anne for hosting our party!
Sorry if we trashed your house! View all 28 comments. The work is also known as The Strange Case of Dr. Hyde, Dr. The novella's impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the very phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" coming to mean a person who is vastly different in moral character from one situation to the next.
View 2 comments. View 1 comment. IF ONLY the revelation halfway through this had been unknown to me before reading it, I probably would have enjoyed this book more. It was good, but knowing what the twist is can really bring a story down for me. This book is also very simple and to-the-point, which isn't always my favourite style of writing.
I would have enjoyed for the story to be more drawn out, preferably with an addition of at least another hundred pages. View all 3 comments. Aug 19, Manny rated it liked it Shelves: By day, the mild-mannered Dr.
Jekyll mouths platitudes about trickledown economics in front of a teleprompter while vaguely apologizing. By night, the demoniacal Mr. Hyde stands in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoots people. Will the US electorate realize what's happening before it's too late? View all 33 comments. El caso del Dr. Jekyll basa su condena a partir de lo que el denomina su defecto, ese defecto que se potencia asumiendo la monstruosa apariencia del Sr. Hyde y este pecado lo destruye y consume: View all 6 comments.
Do you know what a "Jekyll and Hyde" character is? Of course you do. It is one of the descriptions, originally in a piece of literature, which has now become accepted in our vernacular. And there are many renditions of the story, The Strange Case of Dr.
Hyde , and countless references to it in all aspects of life. Quite an achievement for a slim Victorian volume written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, and published in But we are slightly handicapped nowadays by knowing the crux of the plot beforehand. Robert Louis Stevenson had always been interested in the duality of human nature, and shown admiration for morally ambiguous heroes - or anti-heroes.
But the spark which produced this novel was ignited by a dream he had had. His wife Fanny reported, "In the small hours of one morning I was awakened by cries of horror from Louis. Thinking he had a nightmare, I awakened him. He said angrily, 'Why did you wake me? I was dreaming a fine bogey tale. Stevenson wrote the original draft with feverish excitement, taking less than three days. He then collapsed with a haemorrhage, and his wife edited the manuscript, as was her habit.
The story is that it was she who suggested to her husband that he should have written it as an allegory, rather than a story. On being left alone with his manuscript, Stevenson promptly burnt it to ashes, thus forcing himself to start again from scratch, and rewrite it in the form of an allegory. It is unclear whether this is true, or myth, since there can be no evidence of a burnt manuscript. However later biographers of Robert Louis Stevenson have claimed that he was probably on drugs such as cocaine when writing it.
He was certainly ill and confined to bed at the time. Hyde was an immediate success, and remains Stevenson's most popular work. It is only recently however that his work has been thought to deserve critical attention. The author himself took his writing lightly, shrugging his popularity off with a dismissive, "Fiction is to grown men what play is to the child," and continuing to write his swashbuckling stories of romance and adventure; what he called "historical tushery.
Hyde was thus an unusual tale for him to write. Perhaps its popularity at the time was partly due to its high moral tone.
Not only was it adapted for the stage, but was also said to be widely quoted in religious sermons. From a modern point of view the style is dated, and almost archaic. There is a lot of preamble and dissembling.
Of course this must have added to the mystery. Yet since there is little mystery at all to a modern reader, it is difficult to judge. The novel starts with a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who is intrigued to be told stories of his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and also about some evil crimes committed by a man called Edward Hyde.
He himself witnesses Hyde going into Jekyll's house, describing Hyde as a "troglodyte" , or ugly animalistic creature. As the story moves on, we learn that not only is Hyde primitive, but also immoral, taking a delight in his crimes.
He is not an animal, amoral and innocent, but a person Utterson sees as evil and depraved, full of rage and revelling in his vices. Yet is the morality of civilised people merely a veneer after all? The story is set very firmly in its time, when the ideas of what was decent and upright behaviour was set, not fluid.
Yet even so, appearances and facades were often just an illusory surface, hiding a more sordid truth. A respectable man would sometimes prefer to look the other way and remain ignorant, "I feel very strongly about putting questions; it partakes too much of the style of the day of judgement.
You start a question, and it's like starting a stone. You sit quietly on the top of a hill; and away the stone goes, starting others; and presently some bland old bird the last you would have thought of is knocked on the head in his own back garden, and the family have to change their name. No, sir, I make it a rule of mine: Neither does he speak out when he thinks Dr. Jekyll might be sheltering Hyde from the police. The unwritten rule of the time, known to all respectable people, stated that one never betrayed a friend, whatever their secret.
This may seem hypocrisy to modern eyes, or it may seem loyalty. As the story moves on the relationship between the two is compounded, but it is not until the final chapters, which consist of two letters to be opened in the event of a death, that the horrific story unfolds. This is a popular device of the time, but it lacks immediacy, and the story seems to finish unexpectedly, at the end of one letter, without any sort of conclusion.
The descriptions however are very powerful, "As I looked there came, I thought a change - he seemed to swell - his face became suddenly black and the features seemed to melt and alter Then these agonies began swiftly to subside, and I came to myself as if out of a great sickness. There was something strange in my sensations, something indescribably sweet. I felt younger, lighter, happier in body; within I was conscious of a heady recklessness, a current of disordered sensual images running like a millrace in my fancy, a solution of the bonds of obligation, an unknown but innocent freedom of the soul.
I knew myself, at the first breath of this new life, to be more wicked, tenfold more wicked, sold a slave to my original evil and the thought, in that moment, braced and delighted me like wine. And this again, that that insurgent horror was knit to him closer than a wife, closer than an eye; lay caged in his flesh, where he heard it mutter and felt it struggle to be born; and at every hour of weakness, and in the confidence of slumber, prevailed against him, and deposed him out of life.
Jekyll could rarely bring himself to use the personal pronoun when talking about Hyde's most despicable crimes. Indeed, the character makes the same observation himself, yet at first he had talked in the first person throughout. To a modern reader then, this is a story about a split personality, or what is technically called "dissociative identity disorder".
But Stevenson also invites us to view it as a moral tale, an allegory, questioning the abstract notions of good and evil.
Do we all have a "dark side"? Do we truly have both a tendency to evil and an inclination towards virtue within our natures? If so, how do we decide which is uppermost? Can we consciously control them at all? And which, if either, might continue after death? This has flaws of construction, but is well worth a look even so.
So I'm altering my rating to a 4 stars, as it falls somewhere between the two, I think. View all 27 comments. Sep 26, Evgeny rated it liked it Shelves: The story is widely known and very influential.
It was retold and replayed countless number of times by practically everywhere and everybody, including one of the best cartoon series of all the time, Looney Tunes: For this reason people writing blurbs for the book decided it is quite fine to take a lazy route and give spoiler right away.
At least in my opinion something revealed only in the last chapter should be considered a spoiler. I am going to assume there are people who have no clue what th The story is widely known and very influential. I am going to assume there are people who have no clue what the book is about and only tell the very beginning without revealing the contents of the aforementioned last chapter.
Imagine a typical old-fashioned respected Victorian doctor: He lived a typical for his class life when his friends began noticing his mysterious connection to a highly disagreeable I am trying to use the appropriate for that time term man called Mr. The first obvious conclusion was a blackmail - it seems a good doctor led a fairly wild life when he was a youth. Once again let me remind you that most probably his life was wild only in the eyes of his Victorian contemporaries.
So it seems Mr. Hyde knew something about the doctor because the latter never failed to hush up the crazy adventures of the former. The truth turned out to be much more gruesome. I would not qualify the book as horror as it is not scary. It does have a great atmosphere though and a couple of scenes are quite spooky. The writing style while somewhat aged is still quite good and makes an easy read. Having said this I need to mention I was really bored by the end. The tale has a clear message; it was so clear I would not even talk about it to avoid spoilers for those rare individuals who do not know the story.
Anyhow, by the end I had a strong impression that the delivering of the message was a little heavy-handed. I am not trying to tell the author was driving it home with a hammer; far from it. He was using more serious tool for this: This made reading the last chapter quite a chore with the only saving grace being the overall length of the book - it is fairly short.
This is the reason why I lowered my rating for otherwise classic horror story: View all 20 comments. Jan 22, Delee rated it really liked it Shelves: A veeeeeeeery short buddy-read with: Did I get everyone???
I am not a classic book reader- I fall under the category that some snobbish readers would call a fluffy reader.. The classics were read in m A veeeeeeeery short buddy-read with: The classics were read in my high school and college years- and I was soooooo burned out by the time I finished the ones I HAD to read- I just wanted fuuuuuuuuuun in my spare time I knew I had to join in.
Maybe I could be smart and have fuuuuuuuuuuun at the same time. The sensible lawyer- Mr. Utterson- listens as his long time friend- Enfield tells a sinister tale. He speaks of a wicked figure named Mr.
Hyde- who assaulted a young girl and then quickly disappeared and re-appeared- only to make payment to her family. Utterson has heard this name before Jekyll, made a will that will leave his property to this same horrible man. I realllllllllllllly liked this- and I have to stop avoiding some of these novels I have written off as "too serious for me". Highly recommended for anyone that has a couple of hours to spare.
View all 54 comments. Jekyll attains through his experience with being both himself and Mr. Hyde that there are actually two sides to him. But is it really true? Does everyone have a secret dark side that they desperately keep in their closet? Does this side hide in the dark, lurks, and waits for the perfect opportunity to be unleashed?
What happens when you dwell on a side and neglect the other? Is a certain balance possible? Apr 29, Greg Watson rated it it was amazing. December Jekyll and Hyde is commonly evoked to describe someone with a split personality.
Stevenson's novel is about a dual physical and spiritual nature struggling for control of one person. In this struggle, Dr. Jekyll doesn't just assume a different personality, he actually becomes Mr. Keller pinpoints a key point in the story, noting that it's in a moment o December Jekyll and Hyde is commonly evoked to describe someone with a split personality. Keller pinpoints a key point in the story, noting that it's in a moment of vainglory that Dr.
Jekyll involuntary transforms into Mr.
This transformation occurs as Dr. Jekyll sits "on a bench in Regents Park, thinking about all the good he has been doing, and how much better man he was, despite Edward Hyde, than the great majority of people.
I would say that the story can also be likened to a long dark tea-time of the soul, because it would take you just that much to read it. Thinking about it, we have a slight obsession for others to perceive us in our good half, or third, or however many sides we imagine that we have.
The strain to appear more normal than we actually are is one of the curses of mankind. In his gothic novel, Robert Louis Stevenson carries to excess the good Dr.
One would have thought that if you cut off the sprout of evil in yourself and throw it away like a weed, it would be some sort of an ending. However, weeds have the annoying propensity to grow under all types of unfavorable conditions, unlike goodness, which, alas, requires quite special care and everlasting nourishment.
Hyde, uprooted and then sprouting, left alone to his own devilish devices, slowly begins to choke his creator.
The natural course of everything is towards chaos. Denial though only aggravates the situation. Hyde is an allegory of the evil which smoulders in each of us. It also shows that if you try to trick the much needed equilibrium in nature, nothing good is in store for you. Hell is always in our own consciousness. And everything that it shows us is just an illusion. We all go a little mad sometimes. I mean about the whole duality of man thing. I think that is a ubiquitous element of much of fiction, especially in the fantasy or horror genres, that someone can be two people at once, or can change from a civilized man into a monster.
Stephen King observed this in his treatise on horror fiction Danse Macabre , that one of the basic tenants of horror, one of the fundamental templates for a horror story is the idea that we can cross a line and become a fiend.
My own unique situation with lycanthropy is a study in this, as is my inner struggle about how enjoyable it is to become the wolf, to set aside the morals of society and be a beast. But like Jekyll, the consequences of the beastly behavior becomes too overwhelming when we return to human.
I think that is part of what destroyed Jekyll. This concept, this idea goes back to mythology, with the Roman god Janus and of the personification of transitions and duality, the idea that we represent opposing forces, divergent walkers on the same path.
My mother likes to say things like that anyway. An intriguing story and a must read for fans of the horror genre as it represents a fundamental pattern in this context. View all 8 comments. Jun 25, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: Then I nodded. It's true, we are multiple, all of us, and we are much more versatile in our metamorphosis from one personality to another than Stevenson captured in his famous story.
We don't even need to manipulate our organism to change - we do it instantly when we face another human being. In school, I am a certain person that completely disappears when I am a patient at a hospital, and my mother persona does not follow my body to the pub when I meet friends. My daughter persona actually acts in a much younger way than my default persona sitting in a reading chair imagining to be a character in a fiction story And it is not only behaviour.
Looks change too. Watch people queueing in a supermarket, and compare them to themselves at a wedding. Is it not a case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde? So I revise my idea of Stevenson's story, without liking it any less, and claim it is a simplification of the crowd we all carry in our minds, - the microcosm of thought we let loose on the macrocosm of other minds each day!
My Goodreader persona could stay forever in front of the screen, but the coffee devil inside is yelling something animalistic about an addiction he's forced upon the community of minds that my tired Wednesday morning body is hosting! So we're off to the coffee machine! May 25, Lisa Kevin wrote: Thanks for making me smile, Ke Kevin wrote: Thanks for making me smile, Kevin! Mrs Grump had dominated my morning so far. Sep 05, James rated it really liked it Shelves: Hyde written in by Robert Louis Stevenson.
So here's how naive I was years ago I'd read some short stories about Dr. Hyde as a teenager, maybe saw some video or tv versions Sophomore year in college, this is listed on the assigned syllabus for one of my courses. And I'm like "I think there's a mistake. Stevenson wrote Treasure Island. He didn't create this mystery about a strange man.
I don't know what I was thinking And both be great! For me, this was why I loved reading all the time. It was everything my boring life wasn't at the time. I suspect most people don't realize this was a lengthy novel before it was a short work and a TV thing. It's a must read. About Me For those new to me or my reviews I read A LOT. I write A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https: Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Oct 04, Apatt rated it it was amazing Shelves: I must find a place where I can hide!
Hyde is one of those stories that practically everybody knows so few people bother to read the original text. The original Frankenstein and Dracula are also often neglected by readers for the same reason.
This is a shame because these are great books and well worth reading, Frankenstein is particularly beautifully written.
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Hyde is, first and foremost, a damn fine horror story. Hyde comes out of nowhere and whacks you on the head. The theme of the duality of human nature is not exactly vague since it takes on a such a physical manifestation. The story is also an allegory and a cautionary tale for inebriation or getting wasted , and yielding to temptation in general. Interestingly Dr. Jekyll is not as good a guy as many people may assume. Besides, no decent gentleman is going to deliberately — and repeatedly — take drugs that turn him into a psychopath.
Anyway, do give The Strange Case of Dr. Hyde a read, it may be old hat, but it never goes out of fashion.