Enfield are taking one of their customary Sunday strolls and, by chance, their path takes them past "that door," the door that they agreed never to speak of again. They pause now and look at it.
But he describes one fault of his: When Jekyll became older and could reflect on his life, it astonished him how split his personality had become and he continued with shame to disguise his darker self. You can imagine a very different story told by Jekyll instead of Utterson with this as its beginning.
Active Themes As a scientist, Jekyll began to theorize that all men have an inherent dual nature. He starts to study mysticism, and feels that he is drawing nearer to the truth of the matter.
As he becomes more sure of these identities, they seem to be both equally real aspects of him, and he dreams of separating them, each twin being able to reign independently in their opposite moods.
Mysticism is a kind of philosophy that deals more with religion and superstition than it does with the physical matter of the world. Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations Jekyll writes that he does not wish to go into the scientific details, but he eventually discovered a chemical concoction that will cause him to feel and to see a separation of his two fundamental elements.
He is scared to try the potion out once it is finished, because he knew he risked overdosing or destroying one of his two halves. Even so, one night he mixes up the medicine and drinks it.
He is immediately struck by painful sensations, both physical and spiritual. But amid these horrible pains, comes something pleasurable—he turns into Mr.
Hyde and feels a kind of reckless joy. Stevenson chooses not to go into the details of the potion or its anatomical effect too greatly. This may well be because he wants us to take a leap of faith and believe the transformation is real.
It also accentuates the idea of repression that runs through the whole narrative. Even in what is supposed to be a confession, Jekyll is vague and secretive, leaving the full sensory experience to the imagination.
Active Themes Jekyll is determined, even though he has obviously changed shape he is now much smaller, though he has no mirror to observe itto go out of the lab and to his bedroom.
He marvels at the feeling of being a stranger in his own house. Then, he describes seeing his new form for the first time. He notices that his evil self is less healthy looking, as if he has been worn out and deformed by his evil spirit.
But he is not repulsed. He feels as much identity with this image as he does with his more robust original one. He decides that the reason people looked on Hyde with such horror was because everyone is made of good and evil parts and so are unused to seeing such a purely evil being. The theme of secrecy and repression is powerfully at work here.
Jekyll longs to come clean and public about his split identity. For him, the transformation into Hyde signifies more than just a miracle of science, it is his chance to be himself, to speak the things that he has always silenced.As we find out in chapter 10 of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
Hyde, Dr. Jekyll felt like he was two people in one body. By now, we know that the kind Dr. Jekyll and the evil Mr. Hyde are. From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes, the SparkNotes Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Study Guide has everything you need to ace quizzes, tests, and essays.
Welcome to the new SparkNotes! Your . Aug 26, · A plot summary of chapter 1 of R.L. Stevenson's 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'.
This was made for my GCSE English Literature class for the new () GCSE. And throughout the novel, the upright Mr. Utterson will seek to discover Mr. Hyde, who is the hidden, evil part of Dr. Jekyll. This Chapter begins the search because it was only with great effort and great diligence (standing watch by "the door" day and night until Hyde finally appeared) and at a sacrifice of his other duties, that Utterson was.
Mr. Utterson goes home, and instead of his usual evening routine, he goes to a safe and takes out a set of documents.
The documents decree that if Dr. Jekyll is to die or disappear in any way, his entire estate is to be passed over to Mr. Hyde. Read the excerpt from chapter 3 of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. "You know I never approved of it,” pursued Utterson, ruthlessly disregarding the fresh topic.5/5(1).