The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde short summary & analysis

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Analysis

The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the work of Robert Louis Stevenson, published first in 1886. It received a great deal of attention when it was published for the first time as it was a book that does not look like any of the books written before.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Short Summary

The short summary of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is like this:

The lawyer Mr. Utterson had become obsessed with the will of Dr. Jekyll, who was one of his closest friends at that time. That was because in his will it was stated that all his properties were going to be transferred to Mr. Hyde in case he died or disappeared. Mr. Hyde was a short and ugly man, who had been staying in Dr. Jekyll’s house for a while. Since he started to stay in that house, Dr. Jekyll, who was quite a social man, and who enjoyed spending time with his friends, had locked himself in his house and become a person who sees even his friends rarely. The trouble was that he had not heard good things about this man at all. Dr. Jekyll’s effort to protect this man in such a way like this aroused suspicion in him. He tried to speak to Dr. Jekyll, but he was behaving in a relaxed manner and he said to him that, due to a reason that he would not be able to say, he trusted him too much. Mr. Utterson had nothing else to do.

About a year later, London was shaken by a murder case. At that point, a servant girl who had been looking out through the window saw that a short, strange man had been beating a good-looking one to death with a walking stick by the river. The girl said that she had recognized this short, strange man was the same man named Mr. Hyde, who visited her landlord beforehand.

A broken, half walking stick was found next to the victim and there was a letter written to Mr. Utterson in his pocket. As soon as Mr. Utterson heard about the incident and when he arrived at the scene of crime, he immediately detected that the half walking stick was the one he gave Dr. Jekyll as a gift.

Using the address, he learned beforehand with the help of an inspector from Scotland Yard, when they arrived at Mr. Hyde’s house, they could not find him there. But, on the other hand, the other half of the walking stick which was found on the scene of murder was standing behind the door. Thus, Mr. Hyde instantly became a murderer wanted everywhere.

Mr. Utterson went to Mr. Jekyll’s house at once, he was aware of what had happened, but, as well as he was fairly disturbed from what he heard, he also seemed abnormally calm. He told Mr. Utterson that Mr. Hyde left a letter. It was written in the letter not to be panicked and an escapeway was found.

For the time being, they considered appropriate not to report this letter to the police. A long time passed, Mr. Hyde had succeeded in removing his trace. After his disappearance, Dr. Jekyll had returned to normality as well, and he started to join meeting of friends and dinner parties. This situation lasted two months in this way. But, one night, when Mr. Utterson went to Dr. Jekyll’s house, he was not accepted to go in. Dr. Jekyll’s butler, Poole, was saying that the doctor had locked himself in the house and had not got into touch with anybody.

When this situation went on a few days like this, Mr. Utterson went to the house of Dr. Lanyon, who was the mutual friend of both, and this time at least, he was accepted there to go in. But, as soon as he set foot in the house, he was astonished when he saw the incredible transformation in the appearance of the doctor. The doctor seemed as if he had got a fatal disease; as if he had grown old within a few days when Mr. Utterson was talking about Dr. Jekyll’s situation, he cried out that he did not even want to hear his name. He looked kind of furious against him. Dr. Lanyon, who could not resist this state, died within two weeks. Mr. Utterson was not still being accepted to Dr. Jekyll’s house. The doctor, himself, was not going out. Mr. Utterson, on the other hand, gave up trying some time later.

One evening, Dr. Jekyll’s butler, Poole, knocked at the door of Mr. Utterson’s house quite anxiously. He seemed scared a lot. He had understood that some things were not on the right track. I leave the rest of the story to the readers. I can say that you will take great pleasure out of it while you are reading this exciting story.


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