Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a gothic novella by Scottish author Robert Louis had a dream, and upon wakening had the intuition for two or three scenes that would appear in the story Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged “It is connected in my mind,” added he, “with a very odd story.” “Indeed?. Download our free ePUB, PDF or MOBI eBooks to read on almost any device — your desktop, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, site Kindle and more.
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Deepanker Saxena It isn't scary. It just throws light on the devil inside you and what form it can take if not controlled. The evil side of the human. What age level is this book?
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Mar 18, Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even as good shone upon the countenance of the one, evil was written broadly and plainly on the face of the other. Evil besides which I must still believe to be the lethal side of man had left on that body an imprint of deformity and decay.
And yet when I looked upon that ugly idol in the glass, I was conscious of no repugnance rather of a leap of welcome. This too, was myself. The stage adaptation opened in London in , a year after the publication of the novella. Picture Henry Jekyll is a brilliant man who in the course of trying to understand the human psyche has turned himself, with tragic results, into a guinea pig for his experiments.
He has unleashed a power from within that is turning out to be too formidable to be properly contained. This book was released in and at first none of the bookshop wanted to carry the book because of the subject matter, but a positive review had people flocking to the stores to read this sinister tale of hubris overcoming reason.
The American first edition is the true first edition because it preceded the London edition by three days The timing was perfect for releasing such a tale. The Victorian society was struggling with the morality that had been imposed upon them by the previous generation. They were embracing vice. Many men of means living in London now found themselves hearing the siren song of pleasures available on the East End.
They could be as naughty as they wanted and safely leave their depravity on that side of town before they return to the respectable bosom of their family and careers. They were struggling with the dual natures of their existences. The thunder of the church and the faces of their sweet families made them feel guilty for their need to drink gin in decrepit pubs, smoke opiates in dens of inequity, consort with underage whores, and run the very real risk of being robbed by cutthroats.
This walk on the wild side also allowed them the privilege of feeling completely superior to all those beings providing their means of entertainment. Jekyll as it turns out is no different. He relishes the adventures of his other persona even as he feels the mounting horror of losing control of this other self he calls Mr. Edward Hyde. Furthermore, his creation has no loyalty. Jekyll who was composite now with the most sensitive apprehensions, now with a greedy gusto, projected and shared in the pleasures and adventures of Hyde; but Hyde was indifferent to Jekyll, or but remembered him as the mountain bandit remembers the cavern in which he conceals himself from pursuit.
Hyde in His terror of the gallows drove him continually to commit temporary suicide, and return to his subordinate station of a part instead of a person; he loathed the necessity, he loathed the despondency into which Jekyll had fallen, and he resented the dislike which he was himself regarded. This foreign substance, unfortunately, is the ingredient that made the emergence and the restraint of Hyde possible.
Dire circumstances indeed. Men who normally did not read novels were downloading this book. I believe they were looking for some insight into their own nature maybe even some sympathy for their own urges. They made a book that quite possibly could have been thought of as an entertaining gothic novel into an international best seller. New generations of readers are still finding this book essential reading.
Even those that have never read this book know the plot and certainly know the names of Jekyll and Hyde. It has inspired numerous movies, mini-series, comic books, and plays. It could be argued that it is one of the most influential novels on the creative arts. It was but a dream. Robert Louis Stevenson was stymied for a new idea. He was racking his brain hoping for inspiration. It was a gift from the depths of his mind, maybe an acknowledgement of his own dark thoughts, his own darkest desires.
He wrote the nightmare down on paper feverishly over ten days. When he read the final draft to his wife, Fanny, her reaction was not what he expected. She was cold to the tale, completely against publishing such a sensationalized piece of writing.
They argued, thin skinned to any criticism as most writers are especially when it is a complete repudiation of a piece of writing he was particularly proud of; Stevenson, in a moment of rage, tossed the whole manuscript in the fireplace.
Be still my heart. If there is a criticism of this novel it would be for the restrained nature in which it is presented. Did Stevenson just let it all go? I understand Stevenson was a fiery Scot given to flights of temper that could only be doused with something as dramatic as throwing 60, words into the fire, but how about flinging the pages about the room, and storming away followed by the proper slamming of a door to punctuate displeasure.
In John Barrymore played Dr. Stevenson was obsessed with the concept of good and evil. We all have a side to our personality that we prefer to keep hidden. We all wear masks. Sometimes wearing the mask becomes arduous. Another entity fights to be allowed to roam free. We want to be impulsive, self-gratifying, slutty, sometimes brutal, but most importantly unfettered by our reputations. The author with his wife and their household in Vailima, Samoa, c.
Left to right: The word that most of his friends and acquaintances used to describe Stevenson RLS as I often think of him was captivating. He was sorely missed when he made the decision to move to Samoa taking himself a long way from supportive friends and his fans. He was searching for a healthy environment that would restore his always ailing health. Unfortunately the new climate was found too late, he died at the age of 44 from a brain aneurysm leaving his last novel, the Weir of Hermiston, unfinished.
Many believe that he was on the verge of writing his greatest novel. Oddly enough, F. Scott Fitzgerald a very different writer from RLS, but also a favorite of mine died at 44 as well. It does make me wonder about the wonderful stories that were left forever trapped in the now long silent pens of RLS and FSF, but they both left lasting monuments to literature. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: View all 65 comments.
This edition came with two stories, "The Strange Case of Dr. Hyde" and "The Bottle Imp," and they were both awesome let's talk about them. I'm so excited I can't contain myself. From beginning to end the story was engaging and the themes where quite straightforward, but I really love that in writing see: George Orwell is my favourite author.
I like it when authors aren't bogging their messages down in unneeded subtleties. One of my favourite ones: It's solid gold. I wish I didn't know Jekyll and Hyde are the same person! Gosh darn it. The story is solid enough that it doesn't matter if you know or not, which is important: Stevenson did such a good job of hiding it!
And the idea that Jekyll didn't hate Hyde.. That ending. What a story! Stevenson has an awesome imagination. To avoid spoilers I'll keep this brief. Oh man I felt legitimate anxiety. My heart, it was not happy. It's amazing when a piece of writing can make you feel real dread. When talking to a friend who is Scottish. It was interesting, I'd like to look more into the significance of the Hawaii setting..
Gosh it was so set up for a sad ending, and I was dreading dreading dreading that it would end badly but sometimes these things can't end well! I think, ultimately, the ending didn't feel too bad. It could have been done worse, I think the "saviour" situation that happened had legitimate merit, but still. I think this would have been better if it had ended horribly. Go read this, seriously people. View all 19 comments.
May 17, Anne rated it really liked it Shelves: This Stevenson guy totally ripped off Stan Lee's Hulk character! Stan, my friend, you have a real chance at winning a copyright infringement lawsuit. It's obvious that Mr.
Stevenson's real inspira Pfft. Stevenson's real inspiration for this short story came from the Bugs Bunny cartoons. I'm pointing this out because several of people have had serious keyboard related injuries after angry-typing to let me know that GASP! Stan Lee was born well after Robert Louis Stevenson.
I knew that. Thank you for your concern. I was joking. I assumed it was such an asinine statement that no one could mistake it for anything but a joke. I was wrong. Jekyll, you dirty, dirty little man Yes, yes, yes. I know that the whole story is supposed to be some deep philosophical look at the duality of human nature. But that's not interesting. Well, it's not interesting to me. As supposedly groundbreaking as this discussion was at the time this sucker was written I know this 'cause the introduction said so , it's nothing new to me.
Hey, I read No, what kept me going was trying to figure out what the hell kind of kink this mild-mannered old fart was into! He developed a freaking magic serum just so he could run around and do What was so off the charts freaky that he'd need to transform into a different person to get away with it? I have my theories But, unfortunately, Stevenson never gives us a straight answer.
He just decided to skip over the juicy bits and ratchet up the tension with the with the whole Good vs Evil thing. I guess he did a pretty decent job of pulling it off. In the end, Dr.
Jekyll apologizes, and everyone goes home happy! Moral of the Story: Don't drink anything that has green smoke coming off of it. Especially if it was brewed in a mad scientist's basement. You will inevitably shrink and get hairy knuckles. View all comments. Hyde, I shall be Mr. Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.
Robert Louis Stevenson allegedly wrote this while on drugs, and you can definitely feel that experience in the book. I love Victorian horror. View all 9 comments.
Jul 12, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: First, for bringing me more happy than a Slip N Slide on a scorching summer day by providing Warner Bros with the inspiration for one of my favorite cartoons, Hyde and Go Tweet: I mean who didn't love giant, cat-eating Tweety Hyde.
Second, and more seriously, when I tardily returned to your classic gothic novella as an adult, you once again red-lined my joy meter with the strength and eloquence of your story craft. You story is the gift that keeps on giving. In both structure and content, this narrative is a work of art. From a technical perspective, it can be admired for its superb mingling of different literary devices.
More importantly for me at least , the story itself is a powerful depiction of some very important ideas about humanity and what we sometimes hide behind the veneer of civilization. Structurally, the novella crams, stuffs and presses a complete, fully-fleshed story in its scant 88 pages by using a brilliant combo of point of view changes, dialogue, flashback and epistolary components. In lesser hands, the amount of information and story contained in this tale would have required a lot more paper.
Content-wise, Stevenson really knocks the cover off the ball. The constrained, repressive society of the Victorian Period in which the story takes place provides the perfect back drop for the model of outward English propriety, Dr. Henry Jekyll, to battle metaphorically and literally the darker, baser but still very human desires personified in the person of Edward Hyde. What a perfect allegory between the face people wear in public and the one they take out only in private. Hence it came about that I concealed my pleasures; and that when I reached years of reflection, and began to look round me, and take stock of my progress and position in the world, I stood already committed to a profound duplicity of life.
Hyde and the palpable, pervasive, but non-pinpointable, sense of evil and dread that radiated from him. For example: With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to the truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: View all 24 comments. Oct 27, Fabian rated it liked it. Plus there are really nice framing devices on display here, a check-mark always in my book, like the letters within letters narrative, a nifty exercise, which is mighty cool.
Here, my favorite sentence from the Robert Louis Stevenson classic: And then there is the fact that the main protagonists become manifested once they are uttered into existence by the status quo, the pre turn of the century Londonfolk. Rumor creates their reputations before the two, er one, ever make the center stage. I must mention that I feel as though the actual occurrence, the solved crime, what's underneath all the whispy artifices of this rudimentary detective-noir novel, is a homosexual relationship gone to extremes, to a level that's too Maybe that's a stretch.
But This is not worthy of the canon!!!! Bottom Line. Cos the whole Dual-Nature and Commingling-of-Good-and-Evil thing is overdone, stamped into the reader like some mantra that could be interpreted in many different ways and becomes, quite frankly, overly exhausted. This ain't as kitschy, or pre-kitschy-- nowhere near-- as I'd foolishly predicted. View all 4 comments. Robert Louis Stevenson was a man who knew how to play his audience. Utterson, the primary point of view character for this novel, is a classic Victorian gentleman; he is honest, noble and trustworthy; he is the last reputable acquaintance of down going men like Henry Jekyll.
So, by having a character who evokes the classic feelings of Victorian realism narrate the abnormal encounterings, it gives it credibility; it gives it believability; thus, the story is scarier because if a man such as Utter Robert Louis Stevenson was a man who knew how to play his audience. So, by having a character who evokes the classic feelings of Victorian realism narrate the abnormal encounterings, it gives it credibility; it gives it believability; thus, the story is scarier because if a man such as Utterson is seeing this strange case, then it must be real.
Indeed, this gothic novella was considered very scary at the time. I think this was emphasised because Stevenson pushed the boundaries of the gothic genre.
I think this is a masterful technique because the relationship between the two is more psychologically complex and fear inducing, than, for example, the relationship between Frankenstein and his Monster.
This all happened because one day a Victoria chemist decided to see if he could separate the two states of human nature. The result was a successful disaster. Utterson has to try and piece together the scraps of the strange situation. The incident at the window is demonstrative of this. The blood of the Victorian gentleman is frozen by what he beholds. I think so much can be taken from it because the number of interpretations that have been made of it are huge.
It is told in my favourite style of narration: There are a number of narrators, including Jekyll himself. Consequently, the interpretive value is increased significantly. In addition to this, Hyde can be seen as the personification of having the so called exact physical characteristics of a criminal in the Victorian age, and the homosexual undertones are also very implicit in the text.
There is just so much going on in here. The literary value of this is, of course, incredibly high. But, it is also incredibly entertaining to read.
This is, certainly, the best novella I've read to date. I had to download a Folio Society edition of it, I just had to. View all 5 comments. Mar 26, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: What I learned reading Dr. By Jeff 1 Some things are better left unsaid. Who knows how Hyde indulged himself? Running an orphan sweat shop? Who the hell hangs out with lawyers? An episode of Scooby Doo, sure.
Stage musical, no! Note to self: In Abbot and Costello Meet Dr. Hyde, Costello, playing Tubby, is transformed into a big mouse. 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's letter explains that he had indulged in unstated vices and feared discovery. He found a way to transform himself and thereby indulge his vices without fear of detection.
Jekyll's transformed personality, Hyde, was evil, self-indulgent, and uncaring to anyone but himself. Initially, Jekyll controlled the transformations with the serum, but one night in August, he became Hyde involuntarily in his sleep.
Jekyll resolved to cease becoming Hyde. One night, he had a moment of weakness and drank the serum. Hyde, furious at having been caged for so long, killed Carew. Horrified, Jekyll tried more adamantly to stop the transformations. Then, in early January, he transformed involuntarily while awake. Far from his laboratory and hunted by the police as a murderer, Hyde needed help to avoid capture.
He wrote to Lanyon in Jekyll's hand , asking his friend to bring chemicals from his laboratory. In Lanyon's presence, Hyde mixed the chemicals, drank the serum, and transformed into Jekyll.
The shock of the sight instigated Lanyon's deterioration and death. Meanwhile, Jekyll's involuntary transformations increased in frequency and required ever larger doses of serum to reverse. It was one of these transformations that caused Jekyll to slam his window shut on Enfield and Utterson.
Eventually, one of the chemicals used in the serum ran low, and subsequent batches prepared from new stocks failed to work. Jekyll speculated that one of the original ingredients must have some unknown impurity that made it work. Realizing that he would stay transformed as Hyde, Jekyll decided to write his "confession". He ended the letter by writing, "I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end.
This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. December Learn how and when to remove this template message Gabriel John Utterson[ edit ] Gabriel John Utterson, a lawyer and loyal friend of Jekyll and Lanyon, is the main protagonist of the story. Utterson is a measured and at all times emotionless, bachelor — who nonetheless seems believable, trustworthy, tolerant of the faults of others, and indeed genuinely likable.
Utterson has been close friends with Lanyon and Jekyll. However, Utterson is not immune to guilt, as, while he is quick to investigate and judge the faults of others even for the benefit of his friends, Stevenson states that "he was humbled to the dust by the many ill things he had done". Whatever these "ill things" may be, he does not partake in gossip or other views of the upper class out of respect for his fellow man. Often the last remaining friend of the down-falling, he finds an interest in others' downfalls, which creates a spark of interest not only in Jekyll but also regarding Hyde.
He comes to the conclusion that human downfall results from indulging oneself in topics of interest. As a result of this line of reasoning, he lives life as a recluse and "dampens his taste for the finer items of life". Utterson concludes that Jekyll lives life as he wishes by enjoying his occupation. Utterson is a good, kind, loyal and honest friend to Henry Jekyll. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde character Jekyll depicted on a edition book cover Dr Jekyll is a "large, well-made, smooth-faced man of fifty with something of a slyish cast",  who occasionally feels he is battling between the good and evil within himself, upon leading to the struggle between his dual personalities of Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde.
He has spent a great part of his life trying to repress evil urges that were not fitting for a man of his stature. He creates a serum, or potion, in an attempt to mask this hidden evil within his personality.
However, in doing so, Jekyll transformed into the smaller, younger, cruel, remorseless, evil Hyde. Jekyll has many friends and an amiable personality, but as Hyde, he becomes mysterious and violent. As time goes by, Hyde grows in power. After taking the potion repeatedly, he no longer relies upon it to unleash his inner demon, i.
Eventually, Hyde grows so strong that Jekyll becomes reliant on the potion to remain conscious. Richard Enfield[ edit ] Richard Enfield is Utterson's cousin and is a well known "man about town. He is the person who mentions to Utterson the actual personality of Jekyll's friend, Hyde.
Enfield witnessed Hyde running over a little girl in the street recklessly, and the group of witnesses, with the girl's parents and other residents, force Hyde into writing a cheque for the girl's family. Enfield discovers that Jekyll signed the cheque, which is genuine.
He says that Hyde is disgusting looking but finds himself stumped when asked to describe the man.. He is the first person to discover Hyde's true identity Hyde transforms himself back into Jekyll in Lanyon's presence. Lanyon helps Utterson solve the case when he describes the letter given to him by Jekyll and his thoughts and reactions to the transformation. When Lanyon witnesses the transformation process and subsequently hears Jekyll's private confession, made to him alone , Lanyon becomes critically ill and later dies of shock.
Mr Poole[ edit ] Poole is Jekyll's butler who has lived with him for many years. Upon noticing the reclusiveness and changes of his master, Poole goes to Utterson with the fear that his master has been murdered and his murderer, Mr Hyde, is residing in the chambers. Poole serves Jekyll faithfully and attempts to do a good job and be loyal to his master. Yet events finally drive him into joining forces with Utterson to find the truth.
They explore Hyde's loft in Soho and discover evidence of his depraved life. At the time of his death, Carew is 70 years old and is carrying on his person a letter addressed to Utterson, and they find one half of one of Jekyll's walking sticks on his body. As a result, they later go and investigate in Jekyll's house, but cannot find him; they later enter a house where Hyde has been living and find the other half of the stick in one of Hyde's rooms.
Maid[ edit ] A maid , whose employer Hyde had once visited, is the only person who claims to have witnessed the murder of Sir Danvers Carew. She states that she saw Hyde murder Carew with Jekyll's cane and his feet. Having fainted after seeing what happened, she then wakes up and rushes to the police, thus initiating the murder case of Sir Danvers Carew. Analysis of themes[ edit ] Richard Mansfield was mostly known for his dual role depicted in this double exposure.