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By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Novel Review: The novel Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is an intriguing story and I found it to be exciting. Although at some parts of the book it was slow, especially when it was Utterson and Enfield just walking around talking. When Dr. Jekyll transforms into Mr. Hyde the book takes new life and it is thrilling and suspenseful. When I purchased the book i did not expect it to be written the way that it was; I expected it to be Dr. Jekyll turns into Mr. Hyde and is continually changing back and forth, while terrorizing people all at the same time. Although it was not written in the way i was expecting it to be, Stevenson still composed a masterpiece in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and I would say if anyone is looking for an exciting and interesting novel they should consider Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


Important quotes:

1. "I am painfully situated, Utterson; my position is a very strange--a very strange one. It is one of those affairs that cannot be mended by talking." (Stevenson 57)

In chapter two Dr. Jekyll is talking to Mr. Utterson about the recipients of his belongings in his will. Mr. Utterson questions Jekyll's decision to have all of his belongings go to Mr. Hyde and Jekyll responds with this. I chose this quote because it is foreshadowing the inevitable at the end of the book and it could potentially clue Mr. Utterson into Dr. Jekyll's secret about Mr. Hyde.

2."My fears incline to the same point. Evil, I fear, founded--evil was sure to come--of that connection. Ay truly, I believe you; I derer (for what purpose, God alone can tell) is still lurking in his victim's room. Well, let our name be vengeance."(Stevenson 87)

Utterson is speaking to Jekyll's butler Poole outside of Jekyll's room. They believe Jekyll has become ill but Poole says that the person in his room couldn't be his master, and must be Hyde, the murderer. I chose this because this is a very powerful quote about Mr. Hyde. It talks of how evil created evil and Utterson speaks about how they must take vengeance for all the deaths that he has caused.

3. "Here then, as I lay down the pen and proceed to seal up my confession, I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end." (Stevenson 124)

In this quote Jekyll concludes his life by commiting suicide. He is writing to Utterson about what his life has become. He cannot control his transformations and has chose to end his life. I chose this quote because it is a great quote recited by Jekyll to end his life.


About the author:

Robert Louis Stevenson was born on Novemeber 13, 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a very diverse writer from fictional novels, to poetry, and he was even a travel writer. After attending the university of Edinburgh he traveled the world adventuring and writing. Many of his great poems came from his experiences around the globe. In 1876 on a trip to France he met his future wife Fanny Osbourne. During the last years of his life he became bitter and complained of how he overworked himself and wished he had enjoyed himself more. He died on December 3 (my birthday), 1894 of a cerebral hemmorage at the age of 44. Although he died young he still managed to complete such critically acclaimed novels as Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, two of the greatest novels of all time. He was a very accomplished person in his few years on earth.


Doug Sabella Period 4