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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1886 It is actually a portrayal of Stevensons own life Stevenson suffered from a series of nightmares in which he lived a double life In the day he worked as a respectable doctor but in the night he was forced to fall victim to a monster who roamed the alleys of his own town Stevenson decided to write about his experiences rather than hide from them So within a matter of three days Stevenson wrote a manuscript that detailed his mysterious life Thus was the book known today as The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde The quote below gives a vivid description about Dr Jekylls unusual habits and the environment in which he is living An ivory-faced and silvery-haired old woman opened the door She had an evil face smoothed by hypocrisy but her manners were excellent Yes she said this was Mr Hydes but he was not at home he had been in that night very late but had gone away again in less than an hour there was nothing strange in that his habits were very irregular and he was often absent for instance it was nearly two months since she had seen him till yesterday Pg 17 I found this quote to be a wonderful representation for Mr Hyde Dr Jekylls true character The author did a wonderful job portraying an environment that created a peculiar tone The old woman in the passage above has a suspicious quality that gives a mysterious impression to the book Overall I feel that the author Robert Louis Stevenson has done a wonderful job portraying the physiological agony that he must have endured while in his metal state of uncertainty I believe that the author wrote the book for himself rather than for
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