how does the character of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde develop during the course of the novel?

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eyeliner45 | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 2) eNoter

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Mr hyde, very much like yourself, is a vulgar creature and a sheep.

mr jekyll, like ur friend revati, is round faced and has a slyish cast about him

mr utterson, like munazzah the great, is dusty and dreary but lovable


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florine | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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      I think the development of the story is based on the notion of "hide -and-seek": "If he be Mr Hyde, he had thought, "I shall be Mr Seek" reveals Mr Utterson's attempt at clearing the mystery. This pattern is the structural backbone of the story, which is a detective story. The "search for Mr Hyde" is one of the titles that describe the early pages of the book since the demise of the person who is to inherit Dr Jekyll's "possessions" is a vital ingredient to the unravelling of the mystery.

   Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are twinned. One is the outward appearance of man whereas the other is the inner self. The story starts with "the story of the door" which proves to be the entry into the weird wicked personality of Hyde. Therefore, the beginning of the novel enhances this particular aspect of the story. Nonetheless, Utterson, the doctor's old friend, informs his interlocutor that the doctor is changed and that he "became too fanciful for him": "He began to go wrong, wrong in mind". So, by degrees, the reader is made to understand that the personality of the man who brought about the death of the child is germane to the doctor's strange behaviour. From the outset, Dr Jekyll's face even bears a resemblance to Hyde's. Indeed, on the "large hansome face" of the doctor "came a blackness about his eyes". Yet, Utterson makes it clear that "Master Hyde's secrets" are secrets compared to which poor Jekyll's worst are sunshine". Even if the similitude between the two men is conspicuous, there is no room for doubt in the minds of both the narrator (Utterson) and that of the reader: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde have two different personalities, two different selves. Identification and self-knowledge are associated with the other characters' 'identifying', 'recognizing' the murderer and eventually realization that the two men are one single man. The turning point is the portentous incident during which Jekyll's voice is replaced by Hyde's just before his body is found in the laboratory.

The pages that follow principally consist of Dr Jekyll's statement after Dr Lanyon's. The truth is disclosed to the reader and the story is written as a linear first person narrative until the very end: "I bring the life of that unhappy Dr Jekyll to an end". Paradoxically, we learn to both associate Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and dissociate them since the benevolent but unfortunate doctor couldn't come to terms with the personality of Hyde, that was utterly evil.