represents the standards of
conventional society and
doesn't have the imagination to understand
what Jekyll is doing.
The names 'Jekyll' and 'Hyde'
Jekyll = Je Kill = I kill
In the last chapter, Jekyll
describes how he tried to
get rid of (kill) the Hyde in
Hyde = Hide
hidden from view, or the rough skin of
an animal. Jekyll is in some way trying to
kill the hidden Hyde and his animal
The size and age of Jekyll
Jekyll is much bigger than Hyde.
This is seen particularly when
Hyde's small body is found in
the much larger clothes of Dr
Jekyll. Hyde is a smaller part of
Jekyll, but that if people repress
the bad in them it will take over
and destroy them.
Hyde is younger and more energetic
than Jekyll. This suggests evil is
something that develops later in life,
after a period of childhood innocence.
Suggests Stevenson felt there is
something primitively energetic
and exciting about mankind's
baser nature; that the 'higher',
respectable nature of social
humans is repressed and tame.