Jekyll and Hyde - Characters

1

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

Mr Hyde shrank back with a hissing intake of the breath. But his fear was only momentary; and though he did not look the lawyer in the face, he answered coolly enough: "That is my name. What do you want?"

In Jekyll's speech to Utterson, which of Hyde's qualities (personality traits) are apparent?

2

What does 'the hissing intake of the breath' show us about how Hyde feels when speaking to Utterson?

3

Why did Hyde not look Utterson in the face?

4

How does Stevenson present Hyde's speech as aggressive?

5

Read the extract from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and answer questions 5-7 below.

"That is just what I was about to venture to propose," returned the doctor, with a smile. But the words were hardly uttered, before the smile was struck out of his face and succeeded by an expression of such abject terror and despair, as froze the very blood of the two gentlemen below.

What does Jekyll's smile tell us about his feelings towards Utterson?

6

How does Stevenson describe the change in Jekyll's thoughts and feelings?

7

What does this tell us about Jekyll?

8

Read the extract from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and answer questions 8-10 below.

Upon the reading of this letter, I made sure my colleague was insane; but till that was proved beyond the possibility of doubt, I felt bound to do as he requested. The less I understood of this farrago, the less I was in a position to judge of its importance; and an appeal so worded could not be set aside without a grave responsibility.

Jekyll wrote to Dr Lanyon asking for help, what does this show you about their relationship?

9

What does Lanyon think of Jekyll in this extract?

10

What does the word 'bound' show us about Lanyon's character?