Henry Jekyll`s Full Statement of the Case – Notes
Transcript Henry Jekyll`s Full Statement of the Case – Notes
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr
Henry Jekyll’s Full Statement of
Jekyll begins with constant references to the mask that all
J refers to the duality in all men.
J desires to split the dual personalities.
J fails to see the hypocrisy in himself and his work.
J put aside personal danger as he was gripped by the same
greed for knowledge as Lanyon.
J took delight in the freedom that Hyde offered him – the
freedom from moral obligations and a conscience.
Hyde’s stature is linked back to the theory of under-
evolution – Jekyll believes as it was the smaller part of his
personality it had not the opportunity to grow.
The repulsion of Hyde stems from his lack of good – he is
the only single in a world of duality.
H was an outlet for J’s sinful side – he sated J’s
Acts which in the hands of normal man were “undignified”
were escalated to “monstrous” in the hands of H.
H allowed J to live vicariously with no repercussions.
The mask motif reappears as H is the mask that J could put
on the sin in safety.
We again see the irony that J thinks he is in control.
H is a concerned only with himself, he is a “ man of stone” –
self preservation and no heart or soul.
H gains in strength around the time of the murder of Sir
J losing control of H transformation.
H gaining more strength with more regular appearances.
Jekyll begins the debate of his destiny – Hyde or Jekyll.
J chooses himself but cannot hold off from temptation.
The longer H was caged the more furious his rage when he
J gives in to his temptations as H gains more control.
H’s first appearance in daytime was when he finally gained
control over J.
H again linked to animals – the under-evolved.
Face of J is now the mask, not that of H.
Self preserving nature of H means J had to take his own life
to take that of H.
Fact that H was the body found shows he is `home base`,