Mr Enfield’s story of Mr Hyde. How is he described to make him appear horrific? How does this link with other descriptions of Mr Hyde later?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In this story, Mr. Hyde embodies the purely evil side of the human character.  In the episode in Chapter 1 where Enfield first lays eyes on Hyde, Enfield gives a description that makes Hyde sound quite horrible.  The main points of his description are:

  • He is like a "juggernaut" a machine
  • He is very cool and calm -- shows no emotion
  • Just looking at him fills onlookers with hate and a desire to kill.
  • The looks he gives people are full of hatred.

All of these are calculated to make Hyde look inhuman and evil.  They portray him as a machine that has no emotion, no feeling of guilt for what he has done.  They make him so horrible that people can not stand to look at him without feeling hatred and revulsion.


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We get most of our information about mr Jekyll from the novel Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson from the other characters in the book. There is no doubting how diabolical he is. Both parts of him are transformed, the personality and the body. The personality of course includes ethical awareness, moral compass and conscience. He remains mysterious because we only pick up small clues about him at a time. We know that there is 'something wrong with his appearance' and that it is 'displeasing' and 'downright detestable.' We get the sense that he is deformed in some way, but it could be that each little deformity is so small a digression from the 'norm' that it is only when we look at him altogether, he doesn't look like other people, but we can't put our finger on the reason. He could have a condition to dwarfism, he has a grating husky voice and seems 'hardly human.'

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