Essay Jekyll & Hyde.
Discuss the ways in which narrative structure and gothic style contribute to the sense of drama, mystery and suspense in Stevenson’s ‘The strange case of Jekyll & Hyde’.
Jekyll & Hyde was written in 1886 and it instantly became a classic. In ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ the author describes the difficulties of a man trying to lead two different lives. Dr Jekyll who is a scientist makes an amazing discovery about separating personalities through science. Dr Jekyll wanted to separate his good and evil sides from each other. The story shows what he went through by trying to do this. It used many themes which help you to understand more about what is going on and how the characters are feeling. Some of the main themes are; Good/Evil; Violence/Death; Strong emotions; highly emotive language; Dark and frightening settings; Pathetic fallacy; and finally Similes/metaphors. You will learn about each of these themes throughout the essay.
The narrative structure: The narrative structure of ‘The strange case of Jekyll & Hyde’ is like a puzzle, which means it is not strictly chronological. Using this kind of narrative structure makes the novel more interesting to read, and leaves you trying to put the pieces back together. It makes you wonder what is going to happen, what has happened, and how they link together. The narrative structure also uses flashbacks to show you what has happened before; this helps you to understand what is happening now. It takes you back in time from where the story is currently at, and interrupts the order in which the story is told. Authors use flashbacks so you can remember what has happened before and how it would change what is going to happen now.
Good and Evil: In the novel, the author uses good and evil to describe the difficulties of Dr Jekyll trying to lead two different lives. Dr Jekyll who is a scientist makes an amazing discovery about...