Gothic Elements in the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Gothic Elements in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde After reading the whole gothic literatures in this semester, I find The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde gives me the most impression. Since I was young, the only kinds of book that can make me feel interested in are gothic type of fiction. Gothic writing tends to be very dark, focus on the evil side of human nature, have supernatural and unexplained elements to it; for example, the mysterious setting and the suspicious events. These elements make me can’t help myself but be immersed in the book. After reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, I found three elements that impressed me the most: the atmosphere of mystery and horror, the unbelievable event of doubling in that century, and the disappearance of hope. First of all, the author put the reader in the scene of the night in London in order to create the setting of mystery. It reminds me of every time when I see a vampire movie, it’s all happen in London. The old buildings, the weather, and the night in London are often being used to make the whole fiction or movie more suspicious. By creating the horrifying setting, the readers can have a feeling that they are also inside the story and watching all these events happening. Also, people have a kind of motion that when they are being horrified, in the meanwhile, they will feel excited at the same time. Therefore, the fog and darkness surrounding the city is an embellishment of the Gothic genre, which impressed me so much. In the century of the book, the people had no picture of what is split personality. In the book, nobody would have think of the idea of two souls living in a person, therefore, it makes the book become more suspicious. Through the plot gradually, the protagonist tried so hard to investigate Dr. Hyde, and he also thought that Dr. Jekyll was
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