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07-13-2005, 12:55 PM
i need help on my english literature coursework, im not being lazy i was ill when we were studying it in english.

the question is 'In what ways is Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' a typical victorian Novel?' please help.

07-13-2005, 01:06 PM
please i am gonna die out here

07-13-2005, 01:10 PM
Just a guess. I'm not sure what a typical victorian novel is, but if exploring the duality of human nature was a common them in victorian novels then there is an obvious correlation.

07-13-2005, 01:10 PM
hee hee hee, like my avatar lol

07-13-2005, 01:10 PM
This might help: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/jekyll/

Also type ''Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde victorian novel" in google... Something is bound to come up.

07-13-2005, 01:11 PM
ok thanks i think its also to do with the gothicness of many victorian novelsand about the characters victorianess

07-13-2005, 01:34 PM
what do you think of my summary?

As Mr. Utterson (a respected lawyer) and Mr. Enfield (a businessman and distant cousin) are taking a walk, they come across a mysterious looking door. Mr. Enfield is reminded of a strange man connected with that door. That man had run over a girl and as compensation, emerged from the door with a check worth nearly one hundred pounds. The signature on the check is that of Mr. Utterson's old friend, Dr. Jekyll. Furthermore, Mr. Utterson notices that the door leads to a laboratory that is connected to Dr. Jekyll's house. Upon hearing the story, Mr. Utterson goes to his study and takes out Dr. Jekyll's Will. It states that upon the death or disappearance of Dr. Jekyll, a certain Edward Hyde is to inherit the estate. Mr. Utterson is convinced that there is something amiss with the will and goes to Dr. Jekyll to inquire about it. Dr. Jekyll tells Mr. Utterson that there is nothing wrong, and to Mr. Utterson's displeasure, refuses to discuss his connection with the odd Hyde fellow.
Almost a year later, a maid looking out her window sees a man club an elderly man to death. The maid recognizes the murderer as Edward Hyde. The victim is a respected gentleman, Sir Danvers Carew, who is also Mr. Utterson's client. After the murder, Mr. Utterson accompanies a police inspector to Hyde's residence in seedy Soho. Hyde is nowhere to be found. Fearing for Dr. Jekyll's safety, Mr. Utterson confronts him once again about his connection with Hyde. Dr. Jekyll swears that he will have nothing to do with Hyde ever again. He even presents a letter signed by Hyde that states Dr. Jekyll has nothing to fear.
Time passes and to Mr. Utterson's relief, Dr. Jekyll returns to his former self, hosting parties and helping out with many charities. Then suddenly, Dr. Jekyll refuses to see people. And mysteriously, Dr. Lanyon, a close friend to both Mr. Utterson and Dr. Jekyll becomes deathly ill. When Mr. Utterson visits him, Dr. Lanyon refuses to talk about Dr. Jekyll. He gives Mr. Utterson a letter that must be opened only upon his death. A week later, Dr. Lanyon passes away.
While Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield are taking another walk, they come across Dr. Jekyll looking out his window. As they talk to him, they witness a horrifying transformation in the doctor's appearance and demeanor that leave them stunned and speechless.
One night, Poole requests Mr. Utterson's help. It seems Dr. Jekyll has locked himself in his laboratory. When Poole and Mr. Utterson approach the door, they hear Hyde's voice. Thinking that there has been foul play, Poole and Mr. Utterson force their way inside. On the floor, they see Hyde's dead body, fitted in Dr. Jekyll's oversized clothes. Inside, they find a letter written by Dr. Jekyll.
Mr. Utterson reads Dr. Lanyon's letter and finds out that Dr. Jekyll was having problems with some unexpected effects of the drug. At various times of the day, Dr. Jekyll would turn into Hyde. During one of those unexpected changes, Dr. Jekyll, who was embodied by Hyde, requested Dr. Lanyon's help in acquiring the ingredients needed for the potion because he could not show himself. In Dr. Lanyon's presence, Hyde transformed himself into Dr. Jekyll.

07-13-2005, 01:35 PM
The shock from this event was the cause of Dr. Lanyon's illness and eventual death.

Finally, Mr. Utterson reads Dr. Jekyll's own confession. Dr. Jekyll's initial reasons for developing the drug was to test his theory that man has a dual nature. He was successful in separating the good and evil sides of himself. As Hyde, Dr. Jekyll lived the free and fleshly life of his evil side. But the effects of the drug became unpredictable. Discovering that he cannot get hold of a crucial type of salt, Dr. Jekyll realized that he could no longer continue in this double life. In the laboratory, unsuccessful at recreating the drug, Dr. Jekyll killed himself before Poole and Mr. Utterson could break in. Dr. Jekyll wrote the confession with the knowledge that if the Hyde character won over his nature, there would be no turning back.

07-13-2005, 01:56 PM
i need help!!!!

07-13-2005, 03:59 PM
This is what I found of some interest, but no magic definitions...

Victorian Period

the Victorian Novel as a “process of moralisation”

This article is rather abstract, but may be of some interest




Disease can be made to serve a thematic purpose in fiction or in drama. The best examples are to be found in the Victorian novel. The Victorian novelist is expert at putting epidemics and infectious or contagious illnesses to socially didactic and morally urgent effect. Charles Dickens’s Bleak House is a novel which is partly about neglect, about the shameful indifference of the wealthy and the privileged to the appalling conditions in which the poor subsist. It’s a novel attacking the selfish and stupid belief that there is no such thing as society, that there are only individuals. The narrative events expose the infeasibility of that callous delusion; the interconnectedness of all different areas of society is demonstrated by the unstoppable pathways of disease. Smallpox ferments in the slums which have been ignored and neglected by people who should have done something about it. The smallpox which ferments in these areas of society then begins to spread. A destitute boy contracts the disease and in due course it is passed on to the daughter of a haughty aristocrat.





"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" has become a central concept in Western culture of the inner conflict of humanity's sense of good and evil. It has also been noted as "one of the best guidebooks of the Victorian times because of its piercing description of the fundamental dichotomy of the 19th century outward respectability and inward lust" as it had a tendency for social hypocrisy. The story has been adopted in numerous stage and film productions



As I think about "Jekyll & Hyde", I led to think of "The Picture of Dorian Grey".

I was so shocked the day I first realized that Oscar Wilde wrote it to demonstrate the ugliness inherent in the Christian notion that all sins are forgiven. Wilde saw such forgiveness as sort of sweeping all the ugliness under the carpet.


Oh, wait, it was not in the preface, but in the very last chapter:

http://everything2.com/index.pl?node=The%20Picture%20of%20Dorian%20Gray%2 0Chapter%2020

Ah! in what a monstrous moment of pride and passion he had prayed that the portrait should bear the burden of his days, and he keep the unsullied splendour of eternal youth! All his failure had been due to that.

Better for him that each sin of his life had brought its sure swift penalty along with it. There was purification in punishment. Not

"Forgive us our sins"
"Smite us for our iniquities"
should be the prayer of man to a most just God.