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The Mystery In Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

781 words - 3 pages

Stevenson uses certain characters like Jekyll and Hyde to show how he engages and intrigues his readers. During the play many mysteries are created which makes the audience ask many questions about the characters.
The character of Utterson is the narrator and is a good example of a typical Victorian gentleman. He doesn’t show his inward reality, he shows that he hides a lot behind the surface. ‘Long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow loveable.’
This suggests he feels he has to hide, some of his more human qualities. The writer uses the phrases ‘yet’ and ‘loveable’ to show that good is sometimes hidden. The outward reality isn’t everything in this case as he is ‘yet a loveable person.’ He is a person that we should trust as he is a lawyer however Stevenson highlights how trust in what is seen and believed is sometimes wrong. Utterson is strict with himself and doesn’t seem to like the idea of having fun.
It is said he is
“Austere with himself”
Austere means that he is strict with himself showing he is a trust worthy person who would keep his word and not go round saying things that people would not want him to. However, the author also states that he ‘enjoyed the theatre, had not crossed the doors of one for some twenty years’.
This is showing he loves the theatre but as he is strict with himself he does not seem to enter a theatre door this also shows how he is strict with himself as he misses out on the fun things because he is strict with himself when he could just go out and go to the theatre.
One character that Utterson is “tolerant” with is Mr Enfield. He has a opposite personality to Utterson
“Well known man about town”
He is a well known man as he is a sociable person and loves to have fun and party about, which is different to Utterson as Utterson is a boring person and doesn’t appear to...

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