In his novel The Strange case of Dr
Jekyll and Mr Hyde how does
Stevenson show that man has a dual
nature (both bad and good)?
This is your essay question. We will be
looking at the way good and evil are
represented in the novel. 
Using the description of Mr Hyde, that we are given in Chapter 2
when Mr Utterson meets him, complete the following tasks
• List the words or phrases that Mr Utterson
uses to describe Hyde.
• Draw a picture of Hyde and label him with the
phrases you found in Chapter 2.
• Write down your first impressions as a reader
of the character of Mr Hyde.
Around his head:
Odd light footsteps
Gave the impression of deformity without any nameable
Shrank back
A flush of anger
Foul soul
Extraordinary quickness
With a hissing intake of
Mr Hyde
An air of defiance
He answered coolly
Overall impression:
Savage laugh
Murderous mixture of timidity and boldness
A displeasing smile
Black secrets
Husky, whispering and some
what broken voice
This is a double exposure picture
taken of Richard Mansfield, who
played the dual role of Dr Jekyll
and Mr Hyde in the stage
production in 1887, a year after it
was published.
Now plot on the graph, whether you
think the Search for Mr Hyde was
more or less dramatic than The Story
of the Door
Choose a quotation that you think is
important from this chapter.
Remember your coursework question
is about good and evil.
Jekyll and Hyde Questions
Chapter 1 & 2
Answer these questions in your exercise books, including at least one
quotation in each answer. WRITE PEE PARAGRAPHS not one sentence
The locked door is a key symbol in the novel. What could it represent?
(think about good and evil – who lives behind the door?)
Why does Mr Lanyon disapprove of Dr Jekyll? (Look at the part where
Lanyon describes Jekyll’s experiments as “unscientific balderdash”.)
Mr Utterson is a complicated man. Use the first three paragraphs of the
1st chapter to find two contradictions in his character. (An example
could be that he likes the theatre, but he never goes.)
Extension Question: Think back on Stevenson’s contemporaries Darwin and
Freud. Can you find anything in the first two chapters that suggests their
influence? (Hint: look at the depiction of Hyde and what happens to
Utterson after he meets Lanyon).
Vocabulary in Chapter 3
Contrived – planned
Befallen – happened
Unobtrusive – quiet, unremarkable
Distasteful- unpleasant
Pendant - doubtful
Heresies – blasphemy, disrespect
Abominable – dreadful
Incoherency – unclear
Irrepressible - unstoppable