The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Questions and Answers
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Who is the narrator of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

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The novel is told in third-person omniscient narration, though events are often seen from the point of view of Mr. Utterson.

We know the narration is omniscient because from time to time the narrator provides information Mr. Utterson either doesn't know or which he wouldn't think to tell. Very often it is as if the narrator is following Mr. Utterson around with a video camera, recording what he is doing, but also providing background information in voice over to help everything make sense to us.

An example of seeing the story as if the omniscient narrator is filming Mr. Utterson is the following:

Mr. Utterson came home to his bachelor house in sombre spirits and sat down to dinner without relish. ... as soon as the cloth was taken away, he took up a candle and went into his business-room. There he opened his safe, took from the most private part of it a document endorsed on the envelope as Dr. Jekyll's Will, and sat down with a clouded brow to study its contents.

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