Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: The Story of the Door. The opening chapter is challenging for readers because it seems densely delivered and even awkward in its initial, contradictory characterisation of the avenging protagonist, the aptly named Gabriel Utterson. The difficulties tend to dissipate, once readers have become familiarised with the densely worded world of the Victorian ‘gentleman’. We readers enter into the self-controlled world of Utterson and come to recognise that Utterson’s self-control separates him from his self-indulgent best friend, Dr Jekyll. This contrast between the friends acts as another form of doubling or mirroring in the novel where the duality of Jekyll and his Hyde, takes centre stage.
I will list my questions about the opening chapter below and then offer some solutions to the problem of Utterson before analysing our first glimpse of Mr Hyde.
How to analyse a text quickly!
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