Uilty Hare was set free whilst Burke was hanged and then very fittingly dissected You can pop in and visit Burke or what s left of him at the Edinburgh Medical School NiceIf you want a fun and concise summary of the escapades of Burke and Hare watch the Horrible Histories song it s great3 Olalla I see that this seems to be getting uite a bit of hate so I m going to do my bit and try and explain why I actually thoroughly enjoyed OlallaThis piece is said to have greatly influenced Bram Stoker s Dracula which was written over a decade later so automatically I found it a very interesting read It s the epitome of Gothic fiction at its conception set in distant times and Catholic countries before its transition to the city and even the human psyche itself because such horrors were supposedly removed from their audience Protestants mainly and things like this could obviously only happen in less civilised ages and places It s a story of diabolical revenges and family curses set in an ancient aristocratic mansion full of proud and corrupt Spanish nobles Although the family whom the story concerns are never explicitly exposed as vampires there s a pretty obvious theme of blood both in the literal gushing sense but also with a biological emphasis hereditary taints like vampirism mwah ha haAs always Stevenson s writing was glorious and incredibly powerful The lush Spanish setting and the imagery was absolutely stunning I would have loved it even had it been written as a full length novel Okay maybe not full length that s not really Stevenson s thing but just a tad chunkierI can see why this isn t as well nown as The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde but I think it deserves a bit recognition and a higher average rating because it really is a decent enigmatic little book and well worth the read The strange thing about the Jekyll and Hyde story for me is how familiar it all feels Even before one first takes up a copy of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 1886 and begins reading it is as if one is reading one s own story There is after all good and bad within all of us a fact of which this great novella provides a powerful and disturbing reminder The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde the full name of the story is not the only thing that the Scottish born Robert Louis Stevenson ever wrote though it is certainly the most famous Notwithstanding the lung trouble that plagued him for much of his life forced him to relocate from Great Britain to Samoa and took his life when he was just 44 years old Stevenson was a prolific author of engaging and entertaining stories Works like Treasure Island 1883 and Kidnapped 1886 are often thought of in terms of their appeal to younger readers a fact that may simply show that Stevenson new how to write fast moving character oriented stories that could grab and hold the interest of any reader Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde a short novel that no one would describe as a children s tale also possesses those ualities in abundanceThe story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde comes together in a gradual and fragmentary way in large part through the investigations of a lawyer named Utterson and a doctor whose name is Lanyon both are friends of Jekyll from university days and both bring their respective areas of expertise to the investigation of a singularly disagreeable young man named Edward Hyde who it is clear from the beginning inspires instinctive feelings of horror and disgust in all who meet himKnowing as he does that the respected physician Dr Jekyll has inexplicably willed all his possessions to Hyde Utterson sets himself to learning all he can about Hyde remarking that If he be Mr HydeI shall be Mr Seek p 14 Jekyll himself for all his outward respectability shows hints of the dark side that emerges in the form of Mr Hyde Stevenson s narrator describes him as a large well made smooth faced man of fifty with something of a slyish cast perhaps but every mark of capacity and indness 19 emphasis added Jekyll casually dismisses the concerns of both Utterson and LanyonYet events take a decided turn for the worse when Mr Hyde murders a well liked parliamentarian named Sir Danvers Carew a maid who witnessed the murder recounts that after Hyde and Carew casually met in the street Mr Hyde broke out of all bounds and clubbed him to the earth And next moment with ape like fury he was trampling his victim under foot under which the bones were audibly shattered and the body jumped upon the roadway pp 21 22The final solution to the mystery is to be
found in a narrative from Doctor Lanyon and in a chapter titled Henry Jekyll s Full Statement of the in a narrative from Doctor Lanyon and in a chapter titled Henry Jekyll s Full Statement of the Doctor Lanyon writes of being summoned to Jekyll s home by an urgent letter from Jekyll only to find at the Jekyll home not Jekyll but Hyde Lanyon who in response to Jekyll s appeal brought a drawerful of chemical compounds from Jekyll s laboratory watches as Hyde mixes the chemicals and then drinks the mixture and then there came I thought a change he seemed to swell his face became suddenly black and the features seemed to melt and alter O God I screamed and O God again and again for there before my eyesthere stood Henry Jekyll p 54We are so accustomed to the story that it is an interesting thing to try to imagine its impact on its original readers what it must have been like in 1886 to realize with a shock of pure horror that Hyde is not
an illegitimate son of Jekyll or a blackmailer with nowledge of Jekyll s secrets but rather illegitimate son of Jekyll or a blackmailer with nowledge of Jekyll s secrets but rather Jekyll himself All the clues laid down so carefully by Stevenson throughout the early part of the story click into place in that momentAnd Jekyll s statement sets forth in elouent and disturbing detail the progress of Jekyll s efforts to isolate from one another the good and evil sides of human nature Jekyll explains that while he had generally tried to lead a good life he was infused with a spirit of selfish ambition when he drank his experimental serum otherwise from these agonies of death and birth I had come forth an angel instead of a fiend As things stood however Henry Jekyll gave birth to Edward Hyde a man upon whose face evil was written broadly and plainly and whose body bore an imprint of deformity and decay pp 58 59Jekyll we learn consciously sought to live a double life as Edward Hyde alone in the ranks of mankind was pure evil p 58 Jekyll thought that in the guise of Hyde he could pursue pleasures not allowed to a respectable gentleman of Victorian London How many times in the London of those days did a real life West End gentleman seek out ways of secretly indulging in forbidden East End delights Jekyll is an extreme example in that regard but hardly a uniue oneTime and again Jekyll tells us he would swear off what he had done as Hyde re dedicate himself to a life of virtue only to find that he could not resist the temptation to drink his potion just once take up the life of Hyde one last time Transforming into Hyde became something like an addiction and eventually he found that the Hyde within him could not remain hidden He would go to sleep as Jekyll and wake up as Hyde and thus this divided character moved forward toward his own destruction The story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde remains with us So many great actors have responded with enthusiasm to the chance to play this compelling dual role John Barry Frederic March Spencer Tracy Boris Karloff Jack Palance Christopher Lee David Hemmings Leonard Nimoy John Malkovich Russell Crowe It is truly the original evil twin storyThis Penguin Classics edition of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde also contains The Body Snatcher a story of the moral ambiguities attendant upon medical students attempts to find corpses to study at a time when doing so was illegal and a story that in its 1945 film adaptation by Robert Wise features one of Boris Karloff s finest performances as well as Olalla an evocative Gothic story with elements of vampirismPenguin Books editor Robert Mighall provides a helpful introduction as well as an afterword Diagnosing Jekyll that sets forth The Scientific Context to Dr Jekyll s Experiment and Mr Hyde s Embodiment all of which provides a helpful sense of the factors that may have helped Stevenson write his great novella Clocking in at only about 70 pages Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is truly one of the world s great tales of terror. E uegli istinti che il crudele e vizioso Hyde soddisfa senza freni né dubbi Il famoso romanzo di Stevenson è seguito da Il ladro di cadaveri Janet la storta I Merry Men Olalla l’arte straordinaria dell’autore rende anche uesti racconti dei piccoli capolavori.
Robert Louis Stevenson ✓ 1 CHARACTERSI uite enjoyed the adventure through the Tales of horror with creepy moments interesting twists and some beating around the bush The eternal fight between good and evil A doomed personality with an inner fight between social acknowledgement and dark needs My favorite tale is The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde It is one of the reasons why I chose this book I saw some adaptations and wanted to reach the real core of the story And what did I find view spoilerSomething that filmcartoon adaptations of this story had not prepar I d forgotten how high strung anxious and creepy Victorian horror writing could be Perhaps it s creepy because it s so uptightThis is my third time through Jekyll and Hyde and first time through the other two stories one is about genetic vampirism and the other a pair of serial A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, killers inspired by the Burke and Hare murders All three stories are uick reads perfect for those times when you re alone at night waiting for a bus or train that s running lateIt s always made me wonder why Robert Louis Stevenson never covered the Jack the Ripper murders The subject matter is right up his alley and Stevenson was one of the few Victorian writers who could have put an interesting spin on the pathos of theiller Seems like too much of a missed opportunity I wonder if this story had any influence on Carl Jung s shadow theory that we each have a shadow self to embody our negative traits as Henry Jekyll uite literally does with his alter ego Edward Hyde Stevenson had surely studied Descartes philosophy Ren Descartes and his theory of mindbody duality has an awful lot to answer for Our whole Western world view tends towards dividing the world into two camps us them man nature church state those for us those against us And life is so much complex than that We The Shadow Reader know from studies of dementia Alzheimer s disease that physical exercise is protective for the brain an organ which we tend to think of as somehow separate from the rest of our physical body because it is perceived as the home of the mind But it is a body organ nonetheless and reuires the sa I surprisingly did not alreadynow the mystery behind Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde but the penguin classic I picked up presumed that I did since everyone Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies knows duh Don t younow Penguin that some people do truly live under a rockThe is a novella so I didn t get overly attached to any aspect of the story It didn t help that I already new the mystery which took out any feeling of curiosity The writing was beautiful and creepy However the story was far from being frightening Victorian sensibilities and prudishness would not allow it to enter into such territory For god s sake they would not even allow this to played on stage because it was too much for the Victorian audience Oh come on Maybe I m just desensitized I rarely get scared by horror books or movies Nevertheless t 4 5 I really liked this so much than expected Nabokov once described The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde as having an almost winey uality to it and I think that sums up the uniue atmosphere Stevenson is able to conjure up really well the book transcends the conventionialties of the Gothic genre which inspired it to become something far grater and grander as it becomes a ind of treatise on the duality of good and evil in people Dr Jekyll s experiments lead to him concocting a drug which creates an inverse of his supposedly benign essence whereas Hyde is outwardly ind and gregarious the dwarfish Hyde causes an instant sense of revulsion in those who meets and is cruel and capricious Yet as Nabokov states the characters aren t as binary as you would think neither character is wholly good or evil instead the are entwined with one another IntroductionHorace Walpole s The Castle of Otranto was originally published on Christmas Eve 1764 and would serve as a primary origin in holiday publication It s also considered one of the first gothic horror stories Traditionally the genre was characterized by settings in or around ancient castles or monasteries deep in the gloomy forests and involving proud Italian or Spanish nobles and the machinations of corrupt ecclesiastics This was a uickly growing literary trend Some willing participants include Anne Radcliffe s The Mysteries of Udolpho Matthew Lewis Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin and much later Bram Stoker s Dracula All of these works and many others featured Walpole s signature setting and era which almost always took place in Catholic countries Robert Lewis Stevenson however changed the face of the horror genre He accomplished this feat by incorporating many uniue traits but two things that proved most effective were 1 modernizing his horrific tale set in what was then present day London and 2 he veered away from the countryside and allowed the action to unravel in the city With its urban surroundings all the action intrigue and mystery had a chance to earnestly breathe perhaps for the first time and took on a menacing shape all its own In this way it feels all too real Stevenson supplanted the reader in his world his locale You re right there alongside Utterson Jekyll and Hyde Also prevalent and valid here are adeuate doses of psychology thus amplifying the suspense and fodder for many stimulating conversations a sprinkling of philosophy science religion two subjects that ordinarily oppose each other but somehow Stevenson made work and a decently developed cast Combine all these stellar ingredients and you have the formula for a cataclysmic masterpiece One that only Stevenson could have written Thematically the author showcased his raw talent and maturity as he continued to delve deep into ideas he s begun to explore in The Body Snatcher and Olalla Like the latter a largely metaphorical tale of vampirism that emphasizes forms of atavistic forms Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde marked a return to similar themes The masks we wear to conceal our insecurities and sin are very clear here as is Stevenson s passion for his art It went deeper than that we were all startled by
this transformation as if a man had risen from the dead A meretransformation as if a man had risen from the dead A mere years prior to what would become his most beloved novel he wrote The Body Snatcher therein beginning to explore the transformation of self personal identity and what it meant to lead double lives In Jekyll and Hyde however his vision was fully realized and developed his craft honed 5 stars The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde This was a re read for me I first read it in high school but recalled very little of its details The bare minimum really and what I did remember proved unreliable So when the buddy read came up Stepheny Holly Anne Tadiana Jeff Delee and myself I was all for it and greatlylooked forward to it Thanks again guys it was loads of fun and proved very rewarding The short novel
Is Presented In Manypresented in many as a legal case as the narrator Mr Utterson is a lawyer propositioned by Mr Enfield The two couldn t be different but they re united in their desperate attempt to ascertain the whereabouts of their friend Henry Jekyll MD As they reluctantly plumb the mysteries of the case peculiar and disturbing evidence especially in light of its publication date came to the forefront forcing them to actdespite their hesitation Because doing so meant acknowledging the presence of evil in the world and if one could become infected like a victim of Captain Trips then they might also be just as susceptible As are we all I think that s what Stevenson was trying to instill We re all capable of sin of great evil Lesser men fall prey to its appealing nature It takes stronger men to lead a virtuous life Contrary to what some may believe there is no such thing as being either good or evil The world is rarely black and white The psychological aspects as well as the psychotic made for very compelling reading All of the above was a lot of fun Stevenson s stunning way with words impressed me very much and immensely added to my overall experience The psychology of its Soho London setting however is something of a rare gem I d never read anything uite like it It s thrice as fascinating See for yourself A great chocolate coloured pall lowered over heaven but the wind was continually charging and routing these assembled vapours so that as the cab crawled from street to street Mr Utte. Entrato ormai a far parte dell’iconografia popolare Lo strano caso del Dr Jekyll e Mr Hyde oltre a essere una esplicita metafora della eterna lotta tra il bene e il male è soprattutto un attacco che Stevenson ha voluto sferrare contro la repressiva e puritana Rson beheld a marvelous number of degrees and hues of twilight As the cab drew up before the address indicated the fog lifted a little and showed him a dingy street a gin palace a low French eating house a shop for the retail of penny numbers and twopenny salads many ragged children huddled in the doorways and many women of many different nationalities passing out ey in hand to have a morning glass and the next moment the fog settled down again on that part as brown as umber and cut him off from his blackguardly surroundings The narrative itself is somewhat uniue for eight of the ten chapters are shown from Utterson s beautiful and haunted eyes The penultimate from Dr Lanyon s POV and the conclusion from Jekyll himself Tt had to be written that way too due to the way in which Chapter Eight ends The novel is brilliant on many many levels Unfortunately I found the ending somewhat disappointing and anti climatic view spoilerSeeing the events unfolding from Lanyon and Jekyll was interesting even fascinating at times Especially the latter Like I said though I think the conclusion itself is anti climatic and uite poignant I appreciate the fact that it isn t a happily ever after type resolution A good horror story should rarely if ever feel happy Maybe my expectations were too high but I wanted much A significant and mind blowing confrontation between Jekyll and Hyde reminiscent of a classic X Men battle or something but sadly that never happens Admittedly you do see Jekyll earnestly struggling with the nefarious parts of himself a battle of right and wrong of wills but it s all internal The only external portion is in the death itselfRegarding the rather abrupt and strange change and sunseuent demise of Dr Lanyon and Dr Jekyll to an extent there are some interesting theories that I thought I might share I have brought on myself a punishment and a danger that I cannot name recalls and would certainly bring to mind in Utterson friend of down going men language associated with two conditions which preoccupied medics and moralists at the time syphilis and the supposed pathological effects of masturbation both of which were believed to be retribution for carnal indulgence hide spoiler Forget all the films you ve seen and open this book with an open mind It is a brilliant horror story and besides The story gradually gathers pace with the chapters increasing in length as the reader is drawn ever deeper into the horror of the hero s fate The story is told via the observations of the hero s friends until at the very end the hero s own words take up the narrative and reveal the terrible mystery that has been building up until then But beyond the horror story it is a cautionary tale that of a young man in comfortable circumstances who can t resist flirting with the dark side of life only to discover too late that there is no way back No wonder the book has survived so long despite some uaint turns of phrase It was the curse of mankind that these incongruous faggots were thus bound together A true classic This contains three separate reviews 1 The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 2 The Body Snatcher and 3 Olalla 1 The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde JekyllHyde is such a part of modern pop culture it even managed to work its way into an episode of CBBC s Arthur as a song see Exhibit A above does anyone else remember this So many people have heard of the Jekyll and Hyde personality but so few have read the 70ish pages that actually constitute to the original story I think this needs to be rectifiedI ve heard a lot of people say they were disappointed by this mainly because the narrative perspective is unexpected Many people assume it will be told from JekyllHyde s perspective but it s actually an omniscient third person narrative following around this lawyer called Mr Utterson Please please please stay with itI studied this for my GCSE and I absolutely loved it and every time I re read it I love it even What really puts me in awe of this novel is how original it is The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was a really pivotal point in literature it literally changed the whole of the Gothic genre and in my opinion for the better Prior to its publication all Gothic horror was set in far way places such as dilapidated castles in Italy or Spain because such nasty occurrences could only occur in uncivilised countries obviously But Robert Louis Stevenson chose to break that trend and set his story in the prestigious city of London and he did it SO well My favourite element of this novel is the glorious setting The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde defined the new era of Gothic literature with its now stereotypical foggy labyrinthine backdrop Stevenson s power of descriptive writing is incredible If anyone can define uncanny it s this guy Isolation is such a ey theme to any Gothic tale if something goes wrong no one can hear you scream Or see you in this
case because the inexplicably dense fog generates suchbecause the inexplicably dense fog generates such which conveniently reflects the nature of Stevenson s plot In any really good Gothic tale the setting is so well developed that it becomes a character in the story Think of the bleak and desolate moors in Wuthering Heights Stevenson s London is on par with thatFor such a short story you can get a surprising amount out of it there are so many dimensions to this tale The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde uestions science and religion with an interesting emphasis on the searing tension between the two especially as Hyde is described with a troglodytic semantic field with a hint of Darwinism for good measure Perhaps it can also be interpreted as dealing with sexuality and the oppression of women under patriarchy there s a startling lack of women in the novel and those who exist are simply plot devices andor very innocent and passive Class is also explored throughout with the main arena for action being Soho a district of London infamous for its prostitution and povertyThe characters are brilliantly well done The dynamic between those of different classes is also very interesting especially since the novel revolves around status and conseuent reputation within society Controversially Stevenson suggests that the repression of respectable and distinguished gentlemen and the pressure of expectation is the fundamental cause for their pursuit of sinful and dodgy business in private Mr Utterson who narrates all but two chapters of the book is the embodiment of the ideal Victorian gentlemen he has urges and desires but he does not act on them or indulge himself Dr Jekyll on the other hand does and it doesn t turn out too well for him in the endA fabulous and thought provoking mystery that I wish had been longer The ending is a little bit unsatisfying because a lot of uestions are left unanswered but then a truly great mystery story provokes uestions than it answers2 The Body Snatcher This is essentially a tale based loosely on the escapades of Burke and Hare who worked for the infamous anatomist Robert Knox supplying his private medical school in Edinburgh with dead bodies for dissection It was common that bodies for medical research were dug up from recent burials but Burke and Hare s corpses were uncannily fresh and that s because they weren t grave robbers in fact they created their own corpses by murdering people It was too much of a temptation for Edinburgh born novelist Stevenson not to write about this homegrown horror when he was asked to create a shilling shocker for Christmas As always his writing was fabulous and the Gothic elements even better but for me this short story was just a bit toowell short If it had been a developed piece like the glorious The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and
Mr Hyde then I am positive it would have received a higher rating from me It feltHyde then I am positive it would have received a higher rating from me It felt rushed and the ending was anticlimactic Back in the day this was written I m sure it would have played on the superstitions of the contemporary reader and even today the foul exploitative business of grave robbing is uite nasty but this was just not nearly as good as what I m used to with Stevenson although an interesting historical document nonethelessAfter Burke and Hare had murdered up to 15 unfortunates from the Edinburgh slums they were finally convicted And although both were eually Etteratura inglese del periodo vittoriano Ma ben più profonda è la volontà di indagine psicologica dell’autore che ha concepito l’onesto e “positivo” Jekyll come un uomo fragile incerto drammaticamente lacerato tra impulsi contrastanti costretto a celar.