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can anyone check to see if my essay is okay? its a rough version that needs minor changes but its late and im tired lmao

anyway the question is- how is hyde presented as an inhuman and disturing character?

^taken from the 2019 gcse paper

Jekyll and Hyde is a gothic novella set in Victorian London which follows Utterson’s journey into connecting the mysterious links between Dr Jekyll and the disturbing, inhuman Mr Hyde. Throughout the novel Stevenson presents Hyde as a corrupted and evil member of society due to his lack of morality. However, we could argue that Jekyll is the inhuman one for creating a monster (Hyde). Through the use of complex plot and structured characters, Stevenson was trying to expose the duality that existed in the upper-class and the evil that runs in humans veins.
At the beginning pf the novel, we see Hyde’s first inhuman act when he ‘trampled calmly’ over a little girl. The fact that he trampled ‘calmly’ highlights that Hyde lacks remorse and morality, showing that he is sociopathic. We see that evil spreads wherever Hyde goes as shown through describing the women as ‘wild as harpies’ this simile creates the feeling that the women have a desire to kill Hyde and his mere presence disturbed those who witnessed this crime. In Greek mythology, Zeus used harpies to punish those who deserved death, knowing that we can begin to understand that Hyde is viewed as punishable by the gods by simply being the source of evil within London and the hatred that others feel towards Hyde is deemed as punishable towards him.
In the middle of the novel we witness Hyde murdering sir Danvers Carew: ‘ape-like fury’. The use of this simile shows Hyde’s separation from humanity and the removal of human compassion, highlighting that Hyde is a criminal figure to be feared by everyone. As he is disconnected from any sort of emotion and morality, it shows Hyde as being inhuman and violent and gives the impression of a hidden monster within him. ‘Ape’ links to Darwin’s theory of evolution and degeneration, many Victorians began to fear the possibility of their human self-decaying into uncontrollable and vicious creatures – Stevenson’s use of ‘ape’ to describe Hyde emphasizes his inhuman nature and the terrifying impact he has on others.
Towards the end of the novel (in this extract) we get an in-depth insight on the disturbing effect that Hyde has on others. The use of ‘digging’ and ‘whipped’ creates the feeling that Hyde is acting like an animal and proving the fact that he is devilish. furthermore, Poole is seen as being distressed and confused which shows that evil and negative emotions spill from those who witness Hyde as acting immorally and inhuman.
Although it is clear that Hyde is the antagonist in this novel, it’s all because of Jekyll’s desires that such evil has been sent to earth. Jekyll created his alter ego (Hyde) to express his evil desires without feeling guilty and without any consequences tainting his good name. We never get Hyde’s perspective because it does not exist- Jekyll is responsible for putting other lives at risk and highlights that Jekyll is inhuman and selfish for falling into temptation and going against human morals.
Stevenson exaggerates Jekyll’s duality because he wanted to criticise Victorian moral standards and expose the hypocrisy of the upper-class, he also did this to prove to his audience that everyone has an evil side to them. The upper-class consisted of lawyers and politicians that tell us what to do and yet they do not follow the rules that they set themselves, proving that everyone is evil and good will never win.
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Jekyll and Hyde is a gothic novella set in Victorian London, which follows Utterson’s journey into conecting the mysterious links between Dr Jekyll this is the disturbing and inhuman way that Mr Hyde lives. Throughout the novel Stevenson presents Hyde as a corrupted and evil member of society, due to his lack of morality. However, we could argue that Jekyll is the inhuman one for creating a monster (Hyde). Through the use of complex plot and structured characters, Stevenson was trying to expose the duality and the existance in the upper-class and the evil that runs in humans veins.
At the beginning of the novel, we see Hyde’s first inhuman act when he ‘trampled calmly’ over a little girl. The fact that he trampled ‘calmly’ highlights that Hyde lacks remorse and morality, showing that he is sociopathic and how he doesent cear how he hurts during the prosess of his devil coming out. We see that evil spreads wherever Hyde goes, as shown through describing the women as ‘wild as harpies’ this simile creates the feeling that the women have a desire to kill Hyde and his presence is disturbing those who witnessed this horrifying crime. In Greek mythology, Zeus used harpies to punish those who deserved death, knowing that we can begin to understand that Hyde is viewed as punishable by the gods by simply being the source of evil within London and the hatred that others feel towards Hyde is deemed as punishable towards him.
In the middle of the novel we witness Hyde murdering sir Danvers Carew: ‘ape-like fury’. The use of this simile shows Hyde’s separation from humanity and the removal of human compassion, highlighting that Hyde is a criminal figure to be feared by everyone.this is also seeary as he gets ferther away from coming back to him normal self and As he is disconnected from any sort of emotion and morality, it shows Hyde as being inhuman and violent and gives the impression of a hidden monster within him. ‘Ape’ links to Darwin’s theory of evolution and degeneration, many Victorians began to fear the possibility of their human self-decaying into uncontrollable and vicious creatures – Stevenson’s use of ‘ape’ to describe Hyde emphasizes his inhuman nature and the terrifying impact he has on others. but this also shows how he can change a real person into a monster this can also make his friends worry as they see him less and less.
Towards the end of the novel (in this extract) we get an in-depth insight on the disturbing effect that Hyde has on others. The use of ‘digging’ and ‘whipped’ creates the feeling that Hyde is acting like an animal and proving the fact that he is devilish and violent. furthermore, Poole is seen as being distressed and confused which shows that evil and negative emotions spill from those who witness Hyde as acting immorally and inhuman.
Although it is clear that Hyde is the antagonist in this novel, it’s all because of Jekyll’s desires that such evil has been sent to earth. Jekyll created his alter ego (Hyde) to express his evil desires without feeling guilty and without any consequences tainting his good name. We never get Hyde’s perspective because it does not exist- Jekyll is responsible for putting other lives at risk and highlights that Jekyll is inhuman and selfish for falling into temptation and going against human morals. also this is quite sad as at the end he try's so hard as he even helps charity's.
Stevenson exaggerates Jekyll’s duality because he wanted to criticise Victorian moral standards and expose the hypocrisy of the upper-class, he also did this to prove to his audience that everyone has an evil side to them. The upper-class consisted of lawyers and politicians that tell us what to do and yet they do not follow the rules that they set themselves, proving that everyone is evil and good will never win.

this is a little better this is the best I've ever helped with.
also this is helping me as this is spelling and I do Jekyll and Hyde thank you
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