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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror pdf The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror , ebook The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror , epub The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror , doc The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror , e-pub The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror , The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror f36af7ba477 He Put The Glass To His Lips And Drank At One Gulp His Face Became Suddenly Black And The Features Seemed To Melt And Alter Published As A Shilling Shocker , Robert Louis Stevenson S Dark Psychological Fantasy Gave Birth To The Idea Of The Split Personality The Story Of Respectable Dr Jekyll S Strange Association With Damnable Young Man Edward Hyde The Hunt Through Fog Bound London For A Killer And The Final Revelation Of Hyde S True Identity Is A Chilling Exploration Of Humanity S Basest Capacity For Evil The Other Stories In This Volume Also Testify To Stevenson S Inventiveness Within The Gothic Tradition Olalla , A Tale Of Vampirism And Tainted Family Blood, And The Body Snatcher , A Gruesome Fictionalisation Of The Exploits Of The Notorious Burke And HareThis Edition Contains A Critical Introduction By Robert Mighall, Which Discusses Class, Criminality And The Significance Of The Story S London Setting It Also Includes An Essay On The Scientific Contexts Of The Novel And The Development Of The Idea Of The Jekyll And Hyde Personality


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    IntroductionHorace Walpole s The Castle of Otranto was originally published on Christmas Eve, 1764, and would serve as a primary origin in holiday publication It s also considered one of the first gothic horror stories Traditionally, the genre was characterized by settings in or around ancient castles or monasteries deep in the gloomy forests, and involving proud Italian or Spanish nobles and the machinations of corrupt ecclesiastics This was a quickly growing literary trend Some willing participants include Anne Radcliffe s The Mysteries of Udolpho, Matthew Lewis, Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin, and much later, Bram Stoker s Dracula. All of these works, and many others, featured Walpole s signature setting and era, which almost always took place in Catholic countries Robert Lewis Stevenson, however, changed the face of the horror genre He accomplished this feat by incorporating many unique traits, but two things that proved most effective were 1 modernizing his horrific tale, set in what was then present day London, and 2 he veered away from the countryside and allowed the action to unravel in the city With its urban surroundings, all the action, intrigue and mystery had a chance to earnestly breathe, perhaps for the first time, and took on a menacing shape all its own In this way, it feels all too real Stevenson supplanted the reader in his world, his locale You re right there alongside Utterson, Jekyll and Hyde Also prevalent and valid here are adequate doses of psychology thus amplifying the suspense and fodder for many stimulating conversations, a sprinkling of philosophy, science, religion two subjects that ordinarily oppose each other, but somehow Stevenson made work, and a decently developed cast Combine all these stellar ingredients, and you have the formula for a cataclysmic masterpiece One that only Stevenson could have written Thematically, the author showcased his raw talent and maturity as he continued to delve deep into ideas he s begun to explore in The Body Snatcher and Olalla. Like the latter, a largely metaphorical tale of vampirism that emphasizes forms of atavistic forms, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde marked a return to similar themes The masks we wear to conceal our insecurities and sin are very clear here, as is Stevenson s passion for his art It went deeper than that..we were all startled by this transformation, as if a man had risen from the dead A mere two years prior to what would become his most beloved novel, he wrote The Body Snatcher, therein beginning to explore the transformation of self, personal identity, and what it meant to lead double lives In Jekyll and Hyde, however, his vision was fully realized and developed, his craft honed 5 stars The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde This was a re read for me I first read it in high school, but recalled very little of its details The bare minimum, really, and what I did remember proved unreliable So when the buddy read came up Stepheny, Holly, Anne, Tadiana, Jeff, Delee, and myself, I was all for it, and greatlylooked forward to it Thanks again, guys, it was loads of fun and proved very rewarding The short novel is presented, in many ways, as a legal case, as the narrator, Mr Utterson, is a lawyer propositioned by Mr Enfield The two couldn t be different, but they re united in their desperate attempt to ascertain the whereabouts of their friend, Henry Jekyll, MD As they reluctantly plumb the mysteries of the case, peculiar and disturbing evidence especially in light of its publication date, came to the forefront, forcing them to actdespite their hesitation Because doing so meant acknowledging the presence of evil in the world, and if one could become infected like a victim of Captain Trips, then they might also be just as susceptible As are we all I think that s what Stevenson was trying to instill We re all capable of sin, of great evil Lesser men fall prey to its appealing nature It takes stronger men to lead a virtuous life Contrary to what some may believe, there is no such thing as being either good or evil The world is rarely black and white The psychological aspects, as well as the psychotic, made for very compelling reading All of the above was a lot of fun Stevenson s stunning way with words impressed me very much, and immensely added to my overall experience The psychology of its Soho, London setting, however, is something of a rare gem I d never read anything quite like it It s thrice as fascinating See for yourself ..A great chocolate coloured pall lowered over heaven, but the wind was continually charging and routing these assembled vapours so that as the cab crawled from street to street, Mr Utterson beheld a marvelous number of degrees and hues of twilight As the cab drew up before the address indicated, the fog lifted a little and showed him a dingy street, a gin palace, a low French eating house, a shop for the retail of penny numbers and twopenny salads, many ragged children huddled in the doorways, and many women of many different nationalities passing out, key in hand, to have a morning glass and the next moment the fog settled down again on that part, as brown as umber, and cut him off from his blackguardly surroundings.. The narrative itself is somewhat unique, for eight of the ten chapters are shown from Utterson s beautiful and haunted eyes The penultimate from Dr Lanyon s POV, and the conclusion from Jekyll himself Tt had to be written that way, too, due to the way in which Chapter Eight ends The novel is brilliant on many, many levels Unfortunately, I found the ending somewhat disappointing and anti climatic view spoiler Seeing the events unfolding from Lanyon and Jekyll was interesting, even fascinating at times Especially the latter Like I said though, I think the conclusion itself is anti climatic and quite poignant I appreciate the fact that it isn t a happily ever after type resolution A good horror story should rarely, if ever, feel happy Maybe my expectations were too high, but I wanted much A significant and mind blowing confrontation between Jekyll and Hyde, reminiscent of a classic X Men battle or something, but sadly that never happens Admittedly, you do see Jekyll earnestly struggling with the nefarious parts of himself, a battle of right and wrong, of wills, but it s all internal The only external portion is in the death itself.Regarding the rather abrupt and strange change and sunsequent demise of Dr Lanyon and Dr Jekyll, to an extent, there are some interesting theories that I thought I might share ..I have brought on myself a punishment and a danger that I cannot name recalls, and would certainly bring to mind in Utterson, friend of down going men, language associated with two conditions which preoccupied medics and moralists at the time syphilis, and the supposed pathological effects of masturbation, both of which were believed to be retribution for carnal indulgence hide spoiler


  2. says:

    Me sorprendi muy gratamente esta novela corta El autor demuestra gran maestr a a la hora de crear el halo de misterio que necesita la historia Pude meterme en la piel del abogado y sent curiosidad, miedo y desaz n Una obra imprescindible que profundiza en el alma humana.


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    I surprisingly did not already know the mystery behind Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but the penguin classic I picked up presumed that I did since everyone knows duh Don t you know Penguin that some people do truly live under a rock The is a novella, so I didn t get overly attached to any aspect of the story It didn t help that I already knew the mystery which took out any feeling of curiosity The writing was beautiful and creepy However, the story was far from being frightening Victorian sensibilities and prudishness would not allow it to enter into such territory For god s sake, they would not even allow this to played on stage because it was too much for the Victorian audience Oh come on Maybe, I m just desensitized I rarely get scared by horror books or movies Nevertheless, this is no scary than goosebumps Although to be fair, I did read some goosebumps that were frightening than this I suppose the novella is meant to be symbolic than anything It s about the good and evil that coexists in all humans That s profound and all, but it s not enough for me to give to 5 stars Sorry, Stevenson, you re getting a 3.


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    I quite enjoyed the adventure through the Tales of horror with creepy moments, interesting twists and some beating around the bush The eternal fight between good and evil A doomed personality with an inner fight between social acknowledgement and dark needs My favorite tale is The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde It is one of the reasons why I chose this book I saw some adaptations and wanted to reach the real core of the story And what did I find view spoiler Something, that film cartoon adaptations of this story had not prepared me for Hyde is not a horrible big monster He s a little guy, described as an aggressive madman with some sparks of intellect And he has no relationships with women hide spoiler


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    Forget all the films you ve seen and open this book with an open mind It is a brilliant horror story, and besides The story gradually gathers pace, with the chapters increasing in length as the reader is drawn ever deeper into the horror of the hero s fate The story is told via the observations of the hero s friends, until at the very end, the hero s own words take up the narrative and reveal the terrible mystery that has been building up until then But beyond the horror story, it is a cautionary tale, that of a young man in comfortable circumstances, who can t resist flirting with the dark side of life, only to discover too late that there is no way back No wonder the book has survived so long, despite some quaint turns of phrase It was the curse of mankind that these incongruous faggots were thus bound together A true classic.


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    I d forgotten how high strung, anxious, and creepy Victorian horror writing could be Perhaps it s creepy because it s so uptightThis is my third time through Jekyll and Hyde and first time through the other two stories one is about genetic vampirism and the other a pair of serial killers inspired by the Burke and Hare murders All three stories are quick reads, perfect for those times when you re alone at night waiting for a bus or train that s running late.It s always made me wonder why Robert Louis Stevenson never covered the Jack the Ripper murders The subject matter is right up his alley, and Stevenson was one of the few Victorian writers who could have put an interesting spin on the pathos of the killer Seems like too much of a missed opportunity.


  7. says:

    3,85 5I really liked this, so much than expected.


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    This contains three separate reviews 1 The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, 2 The Body Snatcher and 3 Olalla 1 The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Jekyll Hyde is such a part of modern pop culture, it even managed to work its way into an episode of CBBC s Arthur as a song see Exhibit A above does anyone else remember this So many people have heard of the Jekyll and Hyde personality but so few have read the 70ish pages that actually constitute to the original story I think this needs to be rectified.I ve heard a lot of people say they were disappointed by this, mainly because the narrative perspective is unexpected Many people assume it will be told from Jekyll Hyde s perspective, but it s actually an omniscient third person narrative following around this lawyer called Mr Utterson Please, please, please stay with it.I studied this for my GCSE and I absolutely loved it and every time I re read it, I love it even What really puts me in awe of this novel is how original it is The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was a really pivotal point in literature it literally changed the whole of the Gothic genre, and in my opinion, for the better Prior to its publication, all Gothic horror was set in far way places such as dilapidated castles in Italy or Spain because such nasty occurrences could only occur in uncivilised countries, obviously But Robert Louis Stevenson chose to break that trend and set his story in the prestigious city of London and he did it SO well My favourite element of this novel is the glorious setting The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde defined the new era of Gothic literature with its now stereotypical foggy labyrinthine backdrop Stevenson s power of descriptive writing is incredible If anyone can define uncanny , it s this guy Isolation is such a key theme to any Gothic tale if something goes wrong no one can hear you scream Or see you in this case, because the inexplicably dense fog generates such obscurity which conveniently reflects the nature of Stevenson s plot In any really good Gothic tale, the setting is so well developed that it becomes a character in the story Think of the bleak and desolate moors in Wuthering Heights Stevenson s London is on par with that.For such a short story, you can get a surprising amount out of it there are so many dimensions to this tale The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde questions science and religion, with an interesting emphasis on the searing tension between the two, especially as Hyde is described with a troglodytic semantic field with a hint of Darwinism for good measure Perhaps it can also be interpreted as dealing with sexuality and the oppression of women under patriarchy there s a startling lack of women in the novel and those who exist are simply plot devices and or very innocent and passive Class is also explored throughout with the main arena for action being Soho, a district of London infamous for its prostitution and poverty.The characters are brilliantly well done The dynamic between those of different classes is also very interesting especially since the novel revolves around status and consequent reputation within society Controversially, Stevenson suggests that the repression of respectable and distinguished gentlemen and the pressure of expectation is the fundamental cause for their pursuit of sinful and dodgy business in private Mr Utterson, who narrates all but two chapters of the book, is the embodiment of the ideal Victorian gentlemen he has urges and desires, but he does not act on them or indulge himself Dr Jekyll, on the other hand, does and it doesn t turn out too well for him in the end.A fabulous and thought provoking mystery that I wish had been longer The ending is a little bit unsatisfying because a lot of questions are left unanswered but then a truly great mystery story provokes questions than it answers.2 The Body Snatcher This is essentially a tale based loosely on the escapades of Burke and Hare who worked for the infamous anatomist Robert Knox, supplying his private medical school in Edinburgh with dead bodies for dissection It was common that bodies for medical research were dug up from recent burials, but Burke and Hare s corpses were uncannily fresh and that s because they weren t grave robbers in fact they created their own corpses by murdering people It was too much of a temptation for Edinburgh born novelist Stevenson not to write about this homegrown horror when he was asked to create a shilling shocker for Christmas As always, his writing was fabulous and the Gothic elements even better, but for me, this short story was just a bit toowell, short If it had been a developed piece like the glorious The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde then I am positive it would have received a higher rating from me It felt quite rushed and the ending was anticlimactic Back in the day this was written, I m sure it would have played on the superstitions of the contemporary reader, and even today, the foul exploitative business of grave robbing is quite nasty but this was just not nearly as good as what I m used to with Stevenson, although an interesting historical document nonetheless.After Burke and Hare had murdered up to 15 unfortunates from the Edinburgh slums, they were finally convicted And although both were equally guilty, Hare was set free whilst Burke was hanged and then very fittingly dissected You can pop in and visit Burke or what s left of him at the Edinburgh Medical School Nice.If you want a fun and concise summary of the escapades of Burke and Hare, watch the Horrible Histories song it s great.3 Olalla I see that this seems to be getting quite a bit of hate, so I m going to do my bit and try and explain why I actually thoroughly enjoyed Olalla.This piece is said to have greatly influenced Bram Stoker s Dracula which was written over a decade later, so automatically I found it a very interesting read It s the epitome of Gothic fiction at its conception set in distant times and Catholic countries before its transition to the city and even the human psyche itself because such horrors were supposedly removed from their audience Protestants, mainly and things like this could obviously only happen in less civilised ages and places It s a story of diabolical revenges and family curses set in an ancient aristocratic mansion full of proud and corrupt Spanish nobles Although the family whom the story concerns are never explicitly exposed as vampires , there s a pretty obvious theme of blood, both in the literal gushing sense but also with a biological emphasis hereditary taints like vampirism, mwah ha ha As always, Stevenson s writing was glorious and incredibly powerful The lush Spanish setting and the imagery was absolutely stunning I would have loved it even had it been written as a full length novel Okay, maybe not full length, that s not really Stevenson s thing, but just a tad chunkier.I can see why this isn t as well known as The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but I think it deserves a bit recognition and a higher average rating because it really is a decent, enigmatic little book and well worth the read.


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    My mind is already trying to work out how exactly to stage this, even though I know it s been done before For some reason, I feel like two different actors for the two separate personalities would be interesting, but it sort of negates the fact that both these personalities inhabit the same individual, doesn t it Hm Back to the drawing board, for now.Otherwise I m fairly pleased to finally be able to say I ve read the original novel novella short story whatever it is because I ve known several variations on the story Wishbone and the Wildhorn musical chief among them and I found the original to be no less exciting than its spawn And it s such a fast read that it will most likely be top of my list for seasonal rereads Note My edition is titled The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror I have yet to investigate these Other Tales of Terror and this review is written solely regarding the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde.


  10. says:

    it s interesting how in the book Hyde is dwarfish because he reflects Jekyll s undeveloped wickedness but they always make him big scary in the movies reread I don t like this book as much as I feel I should, being a horror fan girl and all sorry


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