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How did the Victorian authors create fear in thier readers This essay compares three Victorian Stories - Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Lewis Stevenson The Red Room by HGWells and The Man with the twisted lip by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle These authors have toyed with the readers belief as well as questioned their way of life and opinions These weaknesses seem to play a vital part in the stories as they are used very effectively against the audience Right and Wrong Joy and Despair Good and Evil The juxtaposition of these themes are addressed by Robert Lewis Stevenson in his work The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde The story is told from the point of view of John Utterson a lawyer and friend to the brilliant scientist Dr Henry Jekyll After relating a disturbing tale of an angry fiend assaulting a small girl Utterson begins to question the odd behaviour of his friend As he investigates further into the life of Dr Jekyll he uncovers a story so horrific so terrifying that he can hardly believe it Stevenson creates the character Hyde to goad fear in his readers He gives Hyde negative descriptions making him seem hostile also he plays with the religious beliefs of Victorians as Hydes actions are describes as hellish and also a man whos personality was like Satan himself These words would have been enough to frighten a Victorian reader and also draw them deeper into the story by capturing their attention It would also make them to compare these descriptions to people of real life Stevenson describes Hyde as being a damned juggernaut meaning him to be a large vessel-machine rather than a man This would have made the Victorians shiver with the prospect of having a machine live amongst them walking and talking This was also the time in history when the novel Frankensteins monster was written by Mary
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