October 30, 2014

The Canon Classics | The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Publication Date: 1886
Source & Format: Library; paperback
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In this harrowing tale of good and evil, the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that unleashes his secret, inner persona—the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde.

This is a story that I have known since middle school when I acted in a (heavily adapted) version of this story. The twists of the dual personality and good versus evil has always made this story memorable, but this is the first time that I actually read the book.

There are so many amazing elements to this story, but what really stood out to me was the narration. I loved how Stevenson depicted Jekyll’s world – it felt shrouded in darkness. This darkness created the base for the plot, set the scenes for the mystery, and this incredible story. 

I loved the decision to make a different character the primary narrator of the story. Utterson’s role as narrator reminded me a lot of Nick’s narration in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby – the focus on characterization makes Jekyll and Hyde’s personalities stand out as well as emphasize the elements of horror.

Let’s put it this way – I read this book in broad daylight on my lunch break and I still had shivers run down my spine. Stevenson is an unsung master of the horror genre – there’s nothing quite like the story of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


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