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

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Though the novel is very short, Stevenson manages to pack a lot of vivid description into the text. Describe how Stevenson uses setting and descriptive language to suggest or convey the personality traits of his characters.

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There is an almost expressionistic quality to Robert Louis Stevenson's descriptions of the setting and characters in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

For example, Hyde is often associated with darkness and the night. He appears in nighttime scenes (such as when he murders Sir Danvers Carew in the dark of the night), linking him with danger and mystery. He is generally depicted as pallid and gross, inspiring disgust in everyone who comes across him:

Mr. Hyde was pale and dwarfish, he gave an impression of deformity without any nameable...

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