About the Author
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish novelist best known for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Black Arrow. He was born in Edenborough Scotland to a family of lighthouse engineers and expected to join their profession. He was interested in writing even as a child and later chose to make his living as a writer instead. He studied law and passed the bar but never practiced. He suffered from lung problems for most of his life, which made his desire to travel difficult and problematic. Still, he traveled to France, the United States, and the South Seas, eventually settling on the island of Samoa. He wrote his most famous novels in a span of only three years. Stevenson died from a cerebral hemorrhage in his home in Samoa at age forty-four.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)
A lawyer investigates the strange behavior of his friend and discovers a sinister man sabotaging his life.
Questions for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
What sort of tone does the author set by his description of the city at night?
What does Utterson conclude about the relationship between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? What evidence makes him believe this? How does his understanding evolve?
At the beginning of the novel Dr. Jekyll is in complete control of Mr. Hyde, but by the end the situation has reversed. How does this reversal happen?
How does this novel discuss the good and evil within human nature?
What do the different narrators contribute to the perspective of the novel?
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