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What Contribution Does Setting Make to the Novel “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”?

  • Date Submitted: 01/03/2011 10:57 AM
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Pay particular attention that novel takes place in London in the late 1800s. The description of London helps set a mood of suspense and suggests a feeling sense of evil. It describes London as having fog in the morning, London becomes dark, for a moment, the fog would be quite broken up, and faded rays of daylight would glance in between the busy town. This is pathetic fallacy in making London seem evil or dark. The gloomy quarter of Soho seen under these changing scenes, with its muddy ways, and rude passengers, and its lamps, which have never been put out; this paints a mournful, darkness, city in a nightmare. This sets the atmosphere as to be dark and mysterious. As Utterson and Enfield walk through the city at the beginning of the novel, they find themselves in "a busy quarter" of London and pass a "certain sinister block of building" that "bore in every feature, the marks of prolonged and sordid negligence." The door to Hyde's quarters, in front of which the two men pause, is "blistered and distained. Tramps slouched into the recess. The schoolboy had tried his knife on the moldings; and for close on a generation, no one had appeared to drive away these random visitors or to repair their ravages”; the adjectives like “blistered and distained” is saying that the door symbolizes the evil behind it, in addition describes the setting as run down fairly poor. Jekyll and Hyde is a gothic novel. The word ‘Goth’ is originally from a German tribe and has come to mean ‘barbarian’ and later know as ‘Gothic’. In Gothic Literature it contains, supernatural events, they have villains and heroes characters, strange weather, horror, mystery and deaths. Older Gothic literature was in castles and deserted buildings. Modern Gothic novels were written is more populated areas E.g. London. Another story that can be classed as ‘Gothic’ is the novel ‘Frankenstein’. The reason for it being a ‘Gothic’ novel is the way to use science to create life. During...

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