Boekverslag: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Title: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: R.L. Stevenson
Publishing house: Wolters Noordhoff
Date: Saturday, 03 February 2001
Live and work from R.L. Stevenson:
Robert Lewis (later: 'Louis') Balfour Stevenson was born in Edinburgh on 13 November 1850. His father Thomas belonged to a family of engineers who had built many of the deep-sea lighthouses around the rocky coast of Scotland. His mother, Margaret Isabella Balfour, came from a family of lawyers and church ministers. In 1857 the family moved to 17 Heriot Row, a solid respectable house in Edinburgh's New Town. He died in 1894.
? ROADS, 1873
? AN INLAND VOYAGE, 1878
? EDINBURGH, 1879
? TRAVELS WITH A DONKEY IN THE C?VENNES, 1879
? DEACON BRODIE, 1880
? VIRGINIBUS PUERISQUE, 1881
? FAMILIAR STUDIES OF MEN AND BOOKS, 1882
? NEW ARABIAN NIGHTS, 1882
? THE STORY OF A LIE, 1892
? THE SILVERADO SQUATTERS, 1883
? ISLAND NIGHT'S ENTERTAINMENT, ?893
? TREASURE ISLAND, 1883
? A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES, 1885
? MORE NEW ARABIAN NIGHTS, 1885
? PRINCE OTGTO, 1885
? THE BODY-SNATCHER, 1895
? KIDNAPPED, 1886
? STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MISTER HYDE, 1886
? THE MERRY MEN AND OTHER TALES AND FABLES, 1887
? THE MISADVENTURES OF JOHN NICHOLSON, 1887
? MEMOIRS AND PORTRAITS, 1887
? UNDERWOODS, 1887
? THE BLACK ARROW: A TALE OF THE TWO ROSES, 1888
? THE WRONG BOX, 1889
? MASTER OF BALLANTRAE, 1889
? BALLADS, 1890
? ACROSS THE PLAINS, 1892
? BEAU AUSTIN, 1892
? THREE PLAYS, 1892
? THE WRECKER, 1892
? A FOOTNOTE TO HISTORY, 1892
? CATRIONA / DAVID BALFOUR, 1893
? ISLAND NIGHT'S ENTERTAINMENTS, 1893
? THE BEACH OF FALES?, 1893
? THE EBB-TIDE, 1894
? THE AMATEUR EMIGRANT, 1895
? VAILIMA LETTERS, 1895
? IN THE SOUTH SEAS, 1896
? WEIR OF HERMISTON, 1896
? ADMIRAL GUINEA, 1897
? ST. IVES, BEING THE ADVENTURES OF A FRENCH PRISONER IN ENGLAND, 1897
? TRAVELS AND ESSAYS, 1900
? IN THE SOUTH SEAS, 1900
? TALES AND FANTASIES, 1905
? THRAWN JANET; MARKHEIM, 1906
? THE LETTERS OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, 1911
? FABLES, 1914
? THE WAIF WOMAN, 1916
? MARKHEIM, 1925
? THE STORIES OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, 1928
? THE MEDIEVAL TALES, 1929
? THE TALES OF TUSITALA, 1946
? SELECTED WRITINGS OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, 1947
? TALES AND ESSAYS, 1950
? GREAT SHORT STORIES OF ROBERT LOUIS STVENSON, 1951
? DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE AND OTHER TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL, 1963
? FROM SCOTLAND TO SILVERADO, 1966
? THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES, 1969
? THE SUICIDE CLUB, 1970
? THE SUPERNATURAL SHORT STORIES OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVNSON, 1976
? THE BODY SNATCHER AND OTHER STORIES, 1988
? THE COMPLETE SHORTER FICTON, 1991
? STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE AND OTHER STORIES, 1992
? Dr. Jekyll
? Mr. Hyde
Qualities of character:
? Utterson: He's a lawyer. He is someone who doesn't get affected by other things: he always stays calm.
? Dr. Jekyll: As the name says: he's a doctor. He's just a normal person, with his good and bad sides.
? Mr. Hyde: This is Mr. Jekyll after he's drunk the draught. He represents the bad and evil in Jekyll. Everybody dislikes him from the first moment on.
The book tells the story about Mr. Utterson. He's a lawyer and has a friend, Mr. Enfield, with whom he walks once in a while. Mr Utterson has a client, Mr. Jekyll. In his will, he tells Utterson to leave all his belongings to Hyde, whether he dies of disappears. At one time, when they are walking, Utterson and Enfield get to a house, which is falling apart. This is the house of Mr. Hyde, so tells Enfield. Mr. Hyde isn't a nice person: if you look at him, you have to dislike him. Why nobody knows, but the fact is there. After this, Mr. Utterson goes to his friend, Mr. Lanyon. They talk about Mr. Hyde, but Mr. Lanyon doesn't know about him. Mr. Utterson gets curious about Hyde and he sits every night at the opposite of the street, trying to see Hyde. When this happens, also his face shocks Utterson. After this, Utterson goes to Jekyll's butler, who tells Hyde has all the keys of the house.
A year later, a man was killed by someone who was recognised as Hyde. After this has happens, an investigation was made to know who Hyde was. It wasn't found out.
Some time after that Jekyll gets ill. Noone is permitted to visit him at first. After a while, Utterson is allowed to get in and he's shocked by the look of Jekyll. The man is almost dead.
A while after this, Utterson and Enfield are on their trip around town. They go to Jekyll, but he only wants to talk with them through the window.
Some time after this, at night, Poole, Jekyll's butler, disturbs Utterson. He tells Utterson Jekyll doesn't want anybody with him and that Jekyll sounds strange. Utterson goes to Jekyll's and hears it to. After this, they force the door to open and they find Mr. Hyde, lying on the ground. Utterson finds a letter from Jekyll, telling him Jekyll has disappeared.
This is where the normal story ends.
After this, Dr. Lanyon takes over with a letter, written by Jekyll. It tells him to get something out of Jekyll's office and to give it to a man, which will come from him. If Laynon doesn't, Jekyll will die. At night, the man comes. He is dressed in clothes, which are much too big for him. It drinks a liquid, which is in the drawer. After that he screams, falls on the ground and turns into Jekyll.
After this, Jekyll takes over with telling how it happened: he designed a liquid, which brought up his bad sides in him. After a while, he gets addicted to it and later he can't even control it. This is where the story ends.
Which part you like:
I like chapter 1 'The Story of the Door' on page 7, because there kill a little girl. Here is the story of this: 'Mr. Utterson and Mr. Richard Enfield (a cousin of Mr. Utterson) walk by the Door. Mr. Enfield said: 'When I see that door I always think of a strange story.'
'And what was that?'
'Well, it was like this,' answered Mr. Enfield. 'I was coming home about three o'clock on a black winter morning. Suddenly I saw two figures. One was a little man going quickly eastward, and the other was a little girl running as fast as her legs would carry her down a cross street. Well, sir, the two ran into one another at the corner, and then came the horrible part of the thing, for the man trod hard on the girl's body and left her crying on the ground'
Which part you don't like:
I don't like chapter 14 'Dr. Layon's Letter' on page 43, because it isn't scary. It is only letters. Here is a letter: 'Dear Utterson,
On the 9th of January, now four days ago, I received by the evening post a letter addressed tom me in the handwriting of my old friend Henry Jekyll. I was very surprised, for we never wrote letters to each other; I had seen the man, dined with him, indeed, the night before; and I could not imagine why he should write to me. The letter filled me with wonder, for this how it ran:
You are one of my oldest friends, and though we have not always agreed on questions of science, our friendship has lasted without a break. Any day of my life, if you had said to me that your life depended on me, I should have given my money or my left hand to help you. Lanyon, my life depends on your help. If you do not help me tonight, I am lost.
I want you to put off all other work tonight, even if you are called to the bed of the Queen. I want you to take a cab and, with this letter in your hand, to drive to my house. Poole has his orders, and you will find him waiting with a locksmith. You must then open the door of my room, and you are to go alone. You will open the fourth drawer from the top of the press on the left hand, and draw it out. This drawer I ask you to carry back to your house in Cavendish Square with all the things in it exactly as they stand.
That is the first part of the service-now for second. You should be home long before midnight. Then, I ask you to be alone in your room and to admit with your own hand into the house a man who will say that he comes from me. Please then place in his hands the drawer which you will have brought from my cabinet.
Five minutes afterwards, you will have understood that you have saved my life only by doing these things in the way I have told you.
Think of me at this hour; if you will do me this service, my troubles will roll away like a story that is told.'
Which people do you like or don't like:
I like Mr. Utterson, because he is a layer. He is a good man.
I don't like Mr. Hyde, because he is a bad man.
Robert Louis Stevenson (Edinburgh, 13 november 1850 - Vailima (Samoa), 3 december 1894) was een Schots schrijver van romans, gedichten, toneelstukken en reisverhalen.Stevenson werd geboren in het Schotse Edinburgh als zoon van de ingenieur Thomas Stevenson en Margaret Balfour. Zijn ouders waren zeer religieus, maar tijdens zijn jaren op de universiteit liet hij het geloof los, hoewel het wel invloed op hem zou houden. Zijn relatief korte leven was echter vol van ondernemingen en avontuur. Hij begon als ingenieur, evenals zijn vader (deze moderniseerde het ontwerp van de vuurtoren). Vanwege zijn zwakke gezondheid stapte hij over naar een rechtenstudie, maar werd geen praktiserend jurist. Aan het eind van zijn leven was hij plantagehouder en stamleider in Samoa.
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