Jekyll and Hyde - Form, structure and language


Read the extract from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and answer questions 1-4 below.

The steps drew swiftly nearer, and swelled out suddenly louder as they turned the end of the street. The lawyer, looking forth from the entry, could soon see what manner of man he had to deal with. He was small, and very plainly dressed, and the look of him, even at that distance, went somehow strongly against the watcher's inclination. But he made straight for the door, crossing the roadway to save time; and as he came, he drew a key from his pocket, like one approaching home.

In this passage, which person has Stevenson written in?


What do the adverbs 'swiftly' and 'suddenly' tell us about Hyde?


What does Hyde's key symbolise?


What is the technique called when an author uses an object or event to convey a deeper meaning?


Read the extract below and answer questions 5-8.

As the cab drew up before the address indicated, the fog lifted a little and showed him a dingy street, a gin palace, a low French eating house, a shop for the retail of penny numbers and twopenny salads, many ragged children huddled in the doorways, and many women of many different nationalities passing out, key in hand, to have a morning glass; and the next moment the fog settled down again upon that part, as brown as umber, and cut him off from his blackguardly surroundings. This was the home of Henry Jekyll's favourite; of a man who was heir to a quarter of a million sterling.

What is the technique called where a writer will describe the weather to create a certain atmosphere?


Why does Stevenson describe fog in this extract? What does it symbolise?


Stevenson has used descriptive language in this passage to allow the reader to imagine what Hyde's street looked like. What is the technique called where a writer will describe something to create an image in the reader's mind?


How is the word 'blackguardly' symbolic? What does it represent about Hyde's home?


Read the following extract and answer questions 9 and 10.

Here, then, as I lay down the pen, and proceed to seal up my confession, I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end.

Whose perspective is Stevenson writing from in this extract?


Why did Stevenson decide to end his narrative with this sentence?