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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson
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The following are some text-based, debatable essay questions for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

1. Dr. Lanyon says of Dr. Jekyll "He began to go wrong, wrong in mind..." How did Dr. Jekyll go wrong, morally and intellectually?

2. Examine Dr. Henry Jekyll's statement of...

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The following are some text-based, debatable essay questions for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

1. Dr. Lanyon says of Dr. Jekyll "He began to go wrong, wrong in mind..." How did Dr. Jekyll go wrong, morally and intellectually?

2. Examine Dr. Henry Jekyll's statement of the case, particularly his initial estimate of his own character. To what extent does he corroborate the views of Utterson and Lanyon? Which of them is the most reliable narrator, and why?

3. In popular illustrations and film versions of the book, Mr. Hyde is sometimes shown as a hirsute monster. The way he is depicted in the book is quite different, prompting Utterson himself to ask a question: "God bless me, the man seems hardly human! Something troglodytic, shall we say? or can it be the old story of Dr. Fell? or is it the mere radiance of a foul soul that thus transpires through, and transfigures, its clay continent?" What does Stevenson have to say about the way in which Hyde's evil nature becomes clear to those who encounter him?

4. Both Utterson and Lanyon express a distaste for the "fanciful." What does this mean, and how far does the author appear to share their view?

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