We’ll be discussing The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on Thursday. Here are a few questions to consider while reading:
– This book is the ultimate story of good vs. evil. Do you think that people can be defined in these terms? Do you think that an act can be defined as good or evil?
– What words does Robert Louis Stevenson use to describe his characters? Do these descriptions give some clue to their role in the story?
– Robert Louis Stevenson tells the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde through multiple narrators (Utterson, Lanyon, Jekyll). Does the perspective of the narrator influence the interpretation of the reader?
– Jekyll lives his life as one of two people even before he uncovers his “Hyde” side. He separates his “impatient gaiety of disposition” from his desire to appear “more than commonly grave” in his professional life. Does this attitude ultimately contribute to his discovery of Hyde or does it help him to deal with the reality of his discovery?