How does Robert Louis Stevenson create mystery and intrigue in the opening chapter or chapters in 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.'?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To me, you can see plenty of mystery and intrigue that is created just in the first chapter of this book.

In the first chapter, Richard Enfield tells Mr. Utterson the story of how he met the man that we will later find out is Mr. Hyde.  Just the description of that incident creates so much intrigue and mystery.

We know that there is a many who could just run over a little girl and completely trample her and not seem to care.  We know that his looks and/or his manner is such that it makes people "turn sick and white with desire to kill him."

From there on, you are left to wonder what kind of man this could possibly be and the mood is set for the story.

mkcapen1 | Student

In the book "The Strange Case of Dr, Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" the author uses the settings and adds components such as fog and dismal streets sights. The reader is invited to a mystery with the question of the door and the person who had entered it with a key.

"Did you ever remark that door?" he asked; and when his companion had replied in the affirmative. "It is connected in my mind," added he, "with a very odd story."

When Mr. Utterance, the lawyer, goes over the wills of Jekyll and Hyde and the reader learns that they have left money from one to another, the lawyer explains his own curiosity at never having met the person Hyde.

The Lawyer reflects back on Hyde after he sees him and wonders about his appearance. Each of these things adds to the mystery of the story.

"God bless me, the man seems hardly human!"

 

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