Doctor Jekyll y Mister Hyde; Robert Louis Stevenson

Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde's Literary Analysis.


  • Enfield and the lawyer Utterson were promenading as all Sundays by the London streets. They passed in front of a house and they began a conversation about of the house's door.

  • That door had a relation with a cruelty act with a girl, in that act Enfield was witness. The responsible of that act was Edward Hyde who wanted to resolve his act giving a check to the girl's family with the name of a person very known in London.

  • That door had to do with an act of cruelty with a girl, in the which Enfield was witness. The responsible for said act was Edward Hyde who wanted to resolve his act giving a check to the family with the name of a person very known in London.

  • After the conversation, Utterson who was the lawyer of Jekyll, the titular of the check, checked the Jekyll's testament and he observed that all his possessions would be of Hyde if he died or disappeared. Utterson went to Lanyon's house, friend also of Jekyll to investigate some more about Hyde but he did not obtain nothing.

  • Utterson was obsessed in knowing Hyde, so he was kept guard the door. Finally he was found with Hyde. Utterson was wanting penetrate in the Hyde secret.

  • Jekyll organized a friends meeting in his house. In this metting was the lawyer Utterson. When Jekyll and Utterson was alone, Utterson spoke to Jekyll of his testament but Jekyll said to him that he is not preoccupied, that he would be saved of Hyde and that if it would not be thus, he asked him to help Hyde when he are gone.

  • A year after, Sir Danvers Carew, a member of the parliament, was murdered by Hyde. All the tracks were leading to him and the policeman could seize him but nobody could identify him because nobody was knowing how he was.

  • After of the Carew's crime, Utterson was going to Jekyll's house to inform him the crime. Jekyll gave to Utterson a letter of Hyde that he had received and he said to him that his relationships with Hyde had ended, but Utterson was suspecting a relationship between Jekyll and Hyde and he confirmed this when Poole, a Jekyll's servant, observed a relation between the form of write of Jekyll and Hyde.

  • Utterson went to his house and he was with his secretary. Utterson showed the letter to Guest who was interested in the study of handwriting. Guest checked and compared the letter with an invitation of Jekyll to Utterson, that it had arrived in those moments. Guest noted similarities between the letters.

  • Time passed. Hyde disappeared completely. Utterson had wanted to see Jekyll, but he did not want, as soon as Utterson went to the Lanyon's house and asked to him if he was knowing something of Jekyll. Lanyon was altered and requested to him that anymore spoke to him of Jekyll.

  • Lanyon died and Utterson received a letter from he, but this letter could not be opened until Jekyll's death, that schemed to Utterson.

  • Utterson had been known by Poole that Jekyll was sick because he had not left of the cabinet.

  • A Sunday Utterson and Enfield went for a walk and they saw to Jekyll sat in a window, they invited to him to decrease but he did not want to do that. Suddenly they noted a change in his physiognomy and he disappeared from the window.

  • Poole visited Utterson and carried him to the Jekyll's house, because all the servants were suspecting that Jekyll had died and someone was occupying his place.

  • They decided to go into the cabinet because they were knowing that Hyde was occupying the place of Jekyll. Finally they went into the cabinet and they saw Hyde in the soil. Hyde had been committed suicide with arsenic.

  • Jekyll had written a note for Utterson in which he was saying to him that he is going to read the Lanyon's letter and Jekyll's letter and this way he would know the truth.

  • Lanyon in his letter said to Utterson that he had been witness of the transformation of Jekyll to Hyde, that impressed to him so much and that carried him to the death.

  • Utterson put away Lanyon's letter, and then opened the confession of Jekyll. Jekyll said in his letter that he spent many hours in his laboratory, searching a mixture of chemicals to make a drug that transform him in other person.

  • He was making his wickedness with the personality of Hyde, but there was a day in which Hyde was showing up, without he taking the drug.

  • The doctor Jekyll let of existing, now Hyde was occupying his place. For a moment he is Jekyll but only for a very little time. Jekyll died as Hyde.


    In the novel Jekyll is not described as pure well, but as a mixture of the well and of the wrong and Hyde was the instrument that executed his pleasures.

    With the personality of the Doctor, Jekyll could not express his cruelties openly, because he was a prestigious man and he was known in all London and furthermore he had been characterized by helping his fellowmen.

    The Hyde's acts are characterized by the brutality and the cruelt he is a sadistic. Hyde is the cruelty, the malice, the selfishness and the cowardice, these are the devilish qualities of Hyde.

    The Doctor Jekyll is a man concerned about the welfare of the others and he likes to make the good, but furthermore he is a doble moral individual, he does not demonstrate his real pleasures and he must appeal to a double "personality" for satisfy them.

    The Doctor Jekyll manifests that all we have a double personality, all we have tendencies to the well and to the wrong , this is natural:

                    Día tras día y desde las dos dimensiones de mi

                    inteligencia, la moral y la intelectual, me fui

                    acercando así cada vez más a esa verdad por

                    cuyo parcial descubrimiento he sido condenado

                    a tan horrible naufragio: que el hombre no es

                    verdaderamente uno, sino verdaderamente dos.

    Jekyll was protecting Hyde because through him, he was satisfying his cruel pleasures. Pleasures that being the respectable and reputable Dr. Jekyll could not carry out.

    These are the main characters.

    Other characters in the novel are: Enfield is the minor character. He was a prudent man and also hypocritical , because he did not make known his and his points of view about the things that were happening. He was the hypocritical image of the society.

    Utterson was a rigid and hard man for himself and he was very tolerant for the others. Utterson instead of criticizing to the people that they incured in the evil, he admires them and he investigates the causes and motives that carried them to commit those offenses. And he was feeling an envy of the persons that had commited offenses against the moral and he was interesting to know which had been the passions that they had edgeed to them.

    Lanyon was a doctor, a noble man, he was an excellent colleage of Utterson and Jekyll. He was a healthy man but he lost one's mind when he presenced the Hyde and Jekyll's transformation scene.

    The two doors carry to each one to their area: to the respectable society and to the nocturnal pleasure.

    Jekyll and Hyde had each one their door, each one his life, each one an I, but sharing a same main.

    The relationships between Jekyll and Hyde are symbolized in the house of Jekyll, that it is half Jekyll and half Hyde..

    In many parts of the novel is spoken of the fog that covers the sky, I believe that fog is the representation of the bad thinks of the society of that era.

    The mirror I believe that is used as a reflex of the real identity, of the real passions and of the real "I".

    “All man has two personalities, the good and the evil and alone will leave afloat the personality that rule his moral.”


    Exposition is the line 1. In which is exposed the relationship of the door with the novel.

    Development are lines 2 to 14. In this, the history is going taking shape and are gone knowing little by little the secrets of Jekyll and Hyde.

    Climax is line 15. It is the most important point of the novel and it is when Utterson and Poole go into the cabinet and discover to Hyde dead.

    Resolution are lines 16 to 18. In these lines Utterson is inform by the letters of the personality change of Jekyll to Hyde and he knows that Lanyon was one witness of these changes.

    Denoument are lines 19 and 20. In this part is known the real identity of Jekyll, he always had been Hyde.


    Seemed me a very interesting novel, because it shows us that all the human beings are moved by two natural forces that they are the good and the evil. The human beings depend on these two forces.

    Some times we concern about the welfare of the other and we want to make the good, but in other emerges a unexplainable feeling that makes us to do things that we never had thought that we would make. But there are not doubt that each individual advances according his moral to the road that he may have elected: to the good or to the wrong.


    • El corazón del hombre.

    Fondo de cultura económica

    México 1966

    • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

    Oxford Bookworms Library, 2000






    Enviado por:Haydeé Martínez Sánchez
    Idioma: inglés
    País: México

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