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The relationship between jekyll and hyde english literature essay

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Click to see the examiner's comments. Question What is the importance of Dr Lanyon in the novel, and how does Stevenson present him? Answer Dr Lanyon is an important character in Stevenson's novel because, like Dr Jekyll, he is a scientist and doctor, so he makes an interesting point of comparison and contrast.

His account of this is very interesting to the reader. Stevenson saves Lanyon's account until the penultimate chapter, where it dramatically solves most of the mystery about the character of Mr Hyde. Opening paragraph briefly but clearly focuses upon a the importance of Lanyon and b the author's presentation.

He is described as a "hearty, healthy" gentleman with a warm manner of welcoming his friend that is based on "genuine feeling". Quotation shows evidence of the first bullet point in the question - what Lanyon is like. In fact, he becomes uncharacteristically agitated and talks angrily of Jekyll's ideas as "scientific balderdash". This raises our level of interest in what Dr Jekyll might be involved in.

Paragraph focuses on two different characters' reactions to Lanyon - clear focus on the second bullet point.

  1. As a reader, I 8 [8. His account of this is very interesting to the reader.
  2. As a reader, I 8 [8.
  3. His words "if you cannot keep clear of this accursed topic, then in God's name, go" show the author's skill 9 [9.
  4. But he adds, "a hide-bound pedant for all that; an ignorant blatant pedant", and scorns Lanyon's disagreement with "what he called my scientific heresies".
  5. If you have made similar points, backed up with quotations and comments, you would get a good mark!

Because Utterson appears in the novel much more frequently than the doctor, and is also a steady, reliable, caring man, we tend to trust Lanyon even more. Stevenson makes him appear a model of reliable good sense and decent friendship.

  • Jekyll is "breaking the rules", an important theme in the novel which would be far less apparent without the character of Lanyon;
  • Quotation shows evidence of the first bullet point in the question - what Lanyon is like;
  • Dr Jekyll also tells Utterson that Lanyon is "a good fellow;;;
  • It excites the reader and draws us in;
  • Dr Jekyll also tells Utterson that Lanyon is "a good fellow...

Dr Jekyll also tells Utterson that Lanyon is "a good fellow. But he adds, "a hide-bound pedant for all that; an ignorant blatant pedant", and scorns Lanyon's disagreement with "what he called my scientific heresies".

  • This raises our level of interest in what Dr Jekyll might be involved in;
  • Opening paragraph briefly but clearly focuses upon a the importance of Lanyon and b the author's presentation;
  • It excites the reader and draws us in;
  • Opening paragraph briefly but clearly focuses upon a the importance of Lanyon and b the author's presentation.

He is possibly a bit stuffy but only possibly - can Jekyll's judgement be trusted? When Utterson visits him, he finds a man "with his death warrant written legibly on his face".

As a reader, I 8 [8: Use of "me" and "I" shows evidence of personal response, which the third bullet point asks for. But even though there are hints of a dreadful confrontation between him and Jekyll, a horrific mystery hangs over the cause.

The previously cheerful scientist and doctor lives in dread, feels he will soon die, and refuses to talk to Utterson about their former friend, Jekyll.

  1. Because Utterson appears in the novel much more frequently than the doctor, and is also a steady, reliable, caring man, we tend to trust Lanyon even more. Refers to a theme of the novel.
  2. If you have made similar points, backed up with quotations and comments, you would get a good mark! But he adds, "a hide-bound pedant for all that; an ignorant blatant pedant", and scorns Lanyon's disagreement with "what he called my scientific heresies".
  3. His words "if you cannot keep clear of this accursed topic, then in God's name, go" show the author's skill 9 [9. Click to see the examiner's comments.
  4. Opening paragraph briefly but clearly focuses upon a the importance of Lanyon and b the author's presentation. Jekyll is "breaking the rules", an important theme in the novel which would be far less apparent without the character of Lanyon.

His words "if you cannot keep clear of this accursed topic, then in God's name, go" show the author's skill 9 [9: Comments directly on how Stevenson makes you respond to Lanyon, which the third bullet point asks for.

Lanyon is important to the novel 10 [10: Focuses clearly on the fourth bullet point - the examiner can easily follow the structure of your essay. It excites the reader and draws us in.

He is also important because, as a scientist and doctor, his disagreement with Jekyll's "wrong in the head" 11 [11: Jekyll is "breaking the rules", an important theme in the novel which would be far less apparent without the character of Lanyon.

Refers to a theme of the novel. Finally, in Lanyon's terrified language, we learn that Hyde is Jekyll and that Lanyon witnessed the transformation - this is why he is important in Stevenson's novel. Focused conclusion returns us to the title.