The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
We see much of the story through Mr Utterson’s eyes. He leads the
reader through the tale. But to begin with, he seems a surprising
character for Stevenson to choose. Only when we know the book better
do we realise how appropriate he is.
The book ‘‘The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’’ is a horror
story written by Robert Louis Stevenson and was publishes in 1886. The
title which the author gave this book makes the book sound more like a
mystery story than a horror. The title also makes it sound as if Dr
Jekyll and Mr Hyde are two separate people.
The character ‘‘Mr Utterson’’ plays a big part in the story. He leads
the reader through the story although he is not the narrator. In the
opening words of the story it says that Mr Utterson is a lawyer. In
the opening paragraph Mr Utterson is described as ‘‘a man of rugged
countenance, that was never lightened by a smile; cold, scanty and
embarrassed in discourse; backwards in sentiment; lean, long dusty,
dreary, and yet somehow loveable. This shows that Mr Utterson has two
sides to him just like Dr Jekyll has. On one hand it says he is boring
and cold but on another hand it says that he is a good friend and he
is loveable. Mr Utterson is completely described in one paragraph. I
believe that the whole story is about having a good and a bad side to
I think that Robert Louis Stevenson name’s Mr Utterson as he did
because Utterson sounds like utmost meaning extreme depth. It says
that when Mr Utterson is at ‘‘friendly meetings and the wine is to his
taste, something eminently human beaconed from his eye’’. This shows
he has a taste for good wines yet in another sentence in the book it
says ‘‘He was austere with himself; drank gin when he was alone, to
mortify his taste for vintages; and though he enjoyed the theatre he
had not crossed the doors of one for twenty years’’. This shows that
he deprives himself of thing he enjoys although he can afford it.
Unlike Mr Utterson, Dr Jekyll indulges in the things he likes. I got
the impression that Mr Utterson is a lonely man because ‘‘His friends
were those of blood, or those whom he had known the longest’’ showing
he is not a very sociable person.
Utterson is obviously good friends with Dr Jekyll because on page 17
Mr Utterson is insulted that Dr Jekyll has put in his will that
everything is going to Mr Hyde. Mr Utterson couldn’t understand this
so he didn’t write out Dr Jekyll’s will properly for him because he
wanted him to realise he had made and big mistake and change it.
Mr Utterson is obviously a comfort to his friends because on page 27
of the book Jekyll says to him ‘‘I would trust you before any man
At the beginning of the story you wonder to yourself, why Robert Louis
Stevenson has chosen Mr Utterson to lead the...