The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

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In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, is there an example of an allusion in the first chapter?

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Two examples of allusions are as follows. First, Mr. Enfield, while out walking around London with Mr. Utterson, tells the story of a man colliding with a young girl of about eight or ten and trampling her down. The man runs her over without even stopping. Mr. Enfield states,

It wasn't like a man; it was like some damned Juggernaut.

A juggernaut was a huge cart or machine used in India to carry a figure (image or statue) of a Hindu god outside a temple and through a crowd during a Hindu ceremony. It was famous for simply mowing down the people in its path, especially those who threw themselves in front of it to be crushed as a religious sacrifice. Apparently, it was a fairly horrifying spectacle for Europeans to watch. The comparison of what we will discover is Mr. Hyde to a juggernaut is therefore an apt and frightening allusion to what at the time was largely seen in...

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