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Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Identifying Theme, Drawing Conclusions about Literature, and Paraphrasing Research Quotations
Identifying Theme What is one significant theme that Stevenson expresses throughout the novel? Theme - The general idea or insight about life that a writer wishes to convey in a literary work. A theme is written as a general statement about humanity. When writing the thematic statement, do not include details from the literature. The following is an example of theme: People fear what they don’t understand.
Write a thematic statement to illustrate the author's message. Theme: Everyone has two sides: the outside s/he shows the world and the inside s/he keeps hidden. Then, write a "quote" (Stevenson #) that depicts this theme. Quote: "Although I had now two characters as well as two appearances, one was wholly evil, and the other was still the old Henry Jekyll..." (Stevenson 115).
Lastly, write an analysis of the quote to interpret the significance of the story details in connection with the theme. Explanation: (background of quote)Jekyll writes these words in his final letter to Utterson, attempting to explain his ghastly behavior and ultimate destruction. (choose a detail from the quote and analyze) In looking back at his experiment, Jekyll uses the words "wholly evil" to describe his alternate ego. (Relate the quote to the theme)The word "wholly" can be interpreted to mean "completely" or "entirely", thus implying that the character of Mr. Hyde has no morals or values and exists only to carry out the wicked desires that Dr. Jekyll has for so long attempted to conceal.
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