Stevenson's Use Of Mysteries In "Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde"

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How does Stevenson maintain the reader’s interest in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
Stevenson keeps the readers interested by using the supernatural and horror side of things to make it scary because when the story first came out they weren’t used to scary stories. He also uses mysteries to keep the readers wondering, guessing and wanting to know more. He includes moral messages in the story to keep people/the readers questioning themselves wondering if they are more similar to Mr. Hyde than they think.

Stevenson sets all the action in the story during the night. He does this because the night is dark and concealing which explains the reason why Stevenson chose to place the action in his story during the night. Stevenson uses the windows as a symbol to suggest that the secrets and events happening are being hidden but also being watched. Most of the darker events happen through windows/doorways.
“Mr. Hyde broke out of all bounds, and clubbed him to the earth.”
A woman witnessed Hyde beating a gentleman to the ground from a window this is a darker and more graphic thing for someone to see. That incident happened during the night, which makes the murder seem all the more dark and evil. Mr. Utterson hears about Mr. Hyde from Enfield in a gossipy way and decides to seek this man out. He does this not only because of the gossipy information he got from Enfield but because he is suspicious of Dr. Jekyll’s will.
“If he be Mr. Hyde, he had thought,’ I shall be Mr. Seek’ ”
This is a pun as he is going to Mr. Hyde. Mr. Utterson then stakes out and paces around the area that Mr. Hyde was supposedly in from the gossip he heard.
“Mr. Utterson began to haunt the door in the by street of shops.” The ‘haunt’ is as if he’s like a ghost hovering around they are attached to. The dark things have been happening during the night like Mr. Utterson meeting Mr. Hyde this happens during then night. The night also makes the story seem more eerie because things can hide in the dark. It also gives an impression that doors lock away the secrets people try to hide. When the maid sees the murder at night it’s as if the window is a shield and you can see them but they can’t see you. It’s keeping you interested because of the horror aspect of the windows and doors/doorways but it could also keep you interested because every time a doorway or window was mentioned you’d know that something eerie is going to soon happen. For example the door that Dr. Jekyll uses (during the day) is very pleasant and nice.
“One house, however, second from the corner, was still occupied entire; and at the door of this, which wore a great air of wealth and comfort,” Dr. Jekyll enters his door during the day this reflects upon his character; Jekyll’s character is very comforting, warm and wealthy, which would explain the reason why his door is described in this way. The door that Mr. Hyde uses is the opposite to Dr. Jekyll it’s more dirty, dingy and not as pleasant
“The door…was blistered and...

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