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Jekyll Themes

'Jekyll & Hyde' revision notes THEMES GCSE English Ormerod

ThemeNotes
Secrecy, silence and hidden behaviours Whole plot centres on Jekyll's secret. Jekyll reclusive & requests privacy. Most not revealed until the final chapter. Many things aren't talked about because of gentlemanly behaviour.
Importance of reputation and respectability Victorian society expected gentlemen to have a good reputation. Based on appearances. Undesirable behaviour hidden - visits to inns/prostitutes at night. Utterson most concerned about Jekyll's reputation.
Duality (2 sides to things) and contrasts Cavendish Square/Soho. Rich/poor. Science/religion. Jekyll's quarters/laboratory. Public respectability/private vices. Virtue/sin. Jekyll/Hyde's physical appearance. Jekyll believes there are two sides to every individual.
Religion vs science Christian society. Lanyon sees science & religion as separate. Jekyll combines them 'mystic'. Origin of the species - man's evolution from apes. Science seen as dangerous as it challenged biblical views.
'The beast in man' - animal passions and instincts within man Hyde and his actions frequently described in animal-like terms. Lack of control & moral conscience.
Violence on innocents Little girl trampled by Hyde. Carew's murder.
Urban Terror Rapid growth in crime in Victorian London. Links to Jack the Ripper (although he came later).
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