What is the character analysis for Sir Danvers Carew in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Sir Danvers Carew is an elderly gentleman with the highest kind of English manners and deportment. He is not only a person of public importance in his career but he is also a highly esteemed gentleman. The maid who witnessed the murder describes him physically as "an aged beautiful gentleman with white hair." His manners are courteous and polite: Carew bows to Hyde and politely initiates a "pretty manner" of conversation, possibly asking directions.

The moon shone on Carew's face while he spoke and the maid thought he looked so "innocent," with such kindness, that she was "pleased to watch it." This is the brief but remarkably vivid picture given of Sir Danvers Carew instants prior to his death, along with the fact that his public career was a "high position," which usually denotes a high government position such as his title ("Sir") would allow for.

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