why did Mr. Hyde murder Sir Danvers Carew?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The maid across the street bears witness to this horrific scene, and she watches helplessly as Hyde "all of a sudden... broke out in a great flame of anger, stamping with his foot, brandishing the cane, and carrying on ... like a madman" (Chapter 4). 

Mr. Hyde murders Sir Danvers Carew in an evil fit of rage, beating the old, white haired man to death with a cane. 

"And next moment, with ape-like fury, he was trampling his victim under foot, and hailing down a storm of blows, under which the bones were audibly shattered and the body jumped upon the roadway" (Chapter 4).

This moment in the novel truly reveals the depravity of Mr. Hyde, that he murders an innocent man without cause, solely to prove his dominance and power over good.  The diction of the murder scene, using words and phrases such as "ape-like fury" and "trampling," reveals a ferocious, animalistic connotation, as if Hyde has lost his humanity.  Hyde's evil nature takes absolute control in this scene, and he acts out with complete abandon.


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