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Suspense In Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

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“I Can’t Believe It!” – Suspense in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Suspense is one of the greatest literary elements that can be used. Some people say that it is a waste and that the author should just go ahead and tell the reader what’s going on instead of waiting. However, suspense is what makes most readers keep reading, it keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens next. Robert Louis Stevenson creates suspense in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by not telling the reader about this strange connection to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde until the very end. Throughout the book, he gives little clues, and little bits of information that can be put together to make sense once the reader understands the full story. When the reader doesn’t understand things, they keep on reading in hopes that they will find out. This is what makes suspense so great. Why does Stevenson wait until ...view middle of the document...

In a Victorian society, a man is supposed to be on his best behavior at all times. He is supposed to be gentlemanly and a scholarly. Having someone walking around with that of Hyde's image and attitude would definitely separated from the norm the people in England were use to. This is definitely one of the ways in which Stevenson showed suspense.
Suspense is also keeping the reader on his or her own seat. Stevenson does a great job doing this through his setting and action. He describes many things throughout the book. he describe the lab the Dr. Jekyll was working in when he would putting together his potion. Usually the setting he would put the reader into were very mysterious. This forced the reader to imagine themselves in this place and with it being so mysterious they were on the edge of their seat waiting to read what will happen next. He also uses suspense by writing about a lot of action in his books. Especially violence, violence for some people is very intriguing. He writes about Hyde killing this old man, Hyde trampling a young girl, and the dramatic transformation process. For some readers, reading action like this makes them feel energetic and anxious to put them on the edge of their seat.
In conclusion, suspense is one of the things that makes Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde one of the greatest stories of all time. He keeps the most important key to the understanding for the reader's story until the end of the story. Just like I have done in this essay. Hopefully, if you do not know the story already, you have had no idea what I have been talking about when I talk about this story. The big mystery in this story is that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are the same person! Dr. Jekyll made many potions in order to make his dual personality, Mr. Hyde. Mr. hyde resembles Dr. Jekyll's adventurous and even at times, evil side. This science-fiction story has marveled many readers for many years.

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