Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Classic Goth: The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

Since I have already read "Frankenstein" I decided, out of the selection, to read Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, "Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde". I have just begun the book but I can already see a strong psychological likeness to that of "Frankenstein". In the book Mr. Utterson, a lawyer who deals with wills is beginning to piece together the strange characters of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jekyll, a fellow colleague of Utterson has designed a will in which all of his belongings and practically his whole being will be given to a Mr. Hyde. Jekyll, himself has not been seen for the for a while and a noting curiosity comes from this. The haunting factor of the situation is that none of Jekyll's friends knows Hyde. Hyde also was mentioned to Utterson in a grueling story that defined him as being a wicked, cold being that had "crushed a girl" just before revisiting the will. The thoughts of this mysterious man fills the mind of Mr. Utterson and on one crisp fall evening he walks to the house where he was told Hyde resides. The quiet night reveals footsteps and they belong to the cryptic Mr. Hyde. The meeting of the two is very awkward and this chills Utterson even more so... especially when he asks about their "mutual friend", Jekyll. Hyde is almost angered at the fact that someone knows who he is - besides Dr. Jekyll of course. After the encounter Utterson finds a home that Hyde quickly mentioned and onwardly looks for his dear friend. This is where it becomes notable that Jekyll is gone... being or mind.