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

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What is the disadvantage of third-person narration?

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Eight of the ten chapters of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are narrated from the third-person-omniscient perspective. Chapters 9 and 10 are narrated from the first-person perspectives of Dr. Lanyon and Dr. Jekyll, respectively. The eight chapters narrated from the third-person-omniscient perspective are also focused through the perspective of Mr. Utterson. Mr. Utterson is thus the internal focalizer.

As a gothic story, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is unusual. Most gothic stories—for example, Frankenstein, Dracula, and Wuthering Heights— are narrated from the first-person perspective. The reason for this is that the...

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