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files The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , read online The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , free The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , free The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 2a57504ec Idealistic Young Scientist Henry Jekyll Struggles To Unlock The Secrets Of The Soul Testing Chemicals In His Lab, He Drinks A Mixture He Hopes Will Isolate And Eliminate Human Evil Instead It Unleashes The Dark Forces Within Him, Transforming Him Into The Hideous And Murderous Mr Hyde The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde Dramatically Brings To Life A Science Fiction Case Study Of The Nature Of Good And Evil And The Duality That Can Exist Within One Person Resonant With Psychological Perception And Ethical Insight, The Work Has Literary Roots In Dostoevsky S The Double And Crime And Punishment Today Stevenson S Novella Is Recognized As An Incisive Study Of Victorian Morality And Sexual Repression, As Well As A Great ThrillerThis Collection Also Includes Some Of The Author S Grimmest Short Fiction Lodging For The Night, The Suicide Club, Thrawn Janet, The Body Snatcher, And Markheim


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    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Stories turned out to be a relatively quick read Here are my thoughts on these stories The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeThis was a little different than I expected It s rather introspective, if that s an appropriate word The emphasis is not on the action or the dirty deeds that Mr Hyde perpetrates Instead, the focus is on the duality of the natures of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde In truth, they are not separate men They are two different aspects of one man s nature Dr Jekyll somehow discovers how to separate out the primal aspect of himself, the one who follows his most deepest, uncivilized urges As time passes, he comes to realize that Mr Hyde is winning control over him.I would think that this is really an allegory here As human beings, we all have a dark side Some of us try to control it than others Some throw a hypocritical facade over that dark person inside of them, pretending to be upright and moral I don t believe that Dr Jekyll really needed a serum to undergo this change To see this story played out in the fantastic science fiction manner makes it interesting, surely But, humanity often needs no potion to be at its darkest and most monstrous In learning something about Mr Stevenson s background, I can see why he chose to write about the hypocrisy of society He came from a Presbyterian tradition, which follows the religious theory of predestination, in which some are called to salvation, and they have a better, prosperous life, as a result Those who are doomed to damnation, will lead low, desperate lives Mr Stevenson came to question this and reject these doctrines in his life I could see some of his philosphical musings about his religious background playing out in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Dr Jekyll was born to privilege He worked to keep up a facade of morality, when he really wanted to indulge his darkest desires the whole time When he invented the serum, this allowed him to do so without so called feelings of guilt However, this became his fatal flaw His true self could no longer be hidden To my surprise, this was not an action oriented or lurid story The narrative shows the observations of the friends of Dr Jekyll, and towards the end, an epistolary narrative is used, in which we see the workings of Dr Jekyll as his life undergoes this transformation This was a thoughtful, somewhat philosophical story at least in my inexpert opinion It gave me something to think about Hypocrisy is something I truly dislike It is one thing to be a person who tries to life a good life it is another to pretend to be moral, but hide your dark proclivities behind a polite mask I have a feeling that Mr Stevenson had similiar feelings on that subject At 81 pages, this is a short read, and it s written in a very readable style My edition has footnotes for some of the obscure terms that Mr Stevenson used I d recommend it to the readers with an inclination towards the classics, and for those who would like to see the origins of the figure or should I say figures who have become a part of pop culture through film versions, pastiches, and modern literary works, such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol 1 I would give this story a four star rating.A Lodging for the NightThis was another thought provoking story The beginning shows a rather heinous murder The rest of the book shows one of the persons who was there during the murder I started out thinking the worst of this man, but Mr Stevenson gave me some insight, and helped me to see him through a different pair of glasses Mr Villon seeks shelter on a cold night, ending up in the home of a much adored military hero He has to sit and listen to a self righteous lecture for the price of a meal and a warm place to pass the night Again, Mr Stevenson s background in the privileged middle class of Presbyterian Scotland comes to play Mr Villon makes a good case for himself He wants to be a moral man, but he has no other options besides thievery to keep food in his belly and a roof over his head He asserts that he follows his own moral code, even if others think him behind the pale On the other hand, the soldier can feel self righteous that he is not a thief, and that God has blessed him with plenty for his moral actions His success in life is due to his good character, or so he attests to However, Mr Villon points out that as a soldier, he committed or has been party to similar actions, but they are deemed respectable because of his high position in life Mr Villon had something of value to say here It s too bad that the soldier couldn t look past his own sense of entitlement to see the wisdom in what this low man had to say It would have been a good lesson for him I actually got quite involved in this story I would give it four stars.The Suicide ClubThis turned out to be three related stories They are very much in the mystery adventure suspense genre And they were quite thrilling, especially the first Imagine that there is a club where men can go to have themselves done away with when they are tired of living They pay a fee, and each night, they show up Fate will determine when they die and how But, the person pulling the strings is doing so out of his own greed Will justice be done here This story had me on the edge of my seat I literally didn t know how it was going to end The end turns out to be open ended, and it leads into two stories I liked how the next two stories start with different narrators, and I had to figure out how they tied into the first story The way in which they relate was very imaginative There is mystery and suspense as each subsequent story unfolds, and I learned what they had to do with our protagonists from the initial story I think Mr Stevenson had a good hand with suspense, as shown through these stories Four star rating.Thrawn JanetI had some trouble with Scottish brogue in which most of this story was written I had to concentrate really hard to decipher what was being said Despite that, this was a very chilling story indeed The minister in this story was a brave man I could see how he was much changed by his blood curdling experience with the titular character in this story To say would spoil it If you can handle the brogue, give this a try Four stars.The Body SnatcherThis is actually a reread for me Another story in which the worst monster in the closet is human, and a nice facade hides a putrid center This story is based on the real life incidents of the Resurrection Men of Edinburgh, Scotland 1827 1828 , who started out grave robbing to provide corpses for dissection for an anatomist Eventually, they started murdering people so they would have a steady supply of these corpses I liked that there were some pretty scary consequences for the actions of the two grave robbers in this story although it s questionable if the person who really needed the lesson learned anything.MarkheimAt first, I didn t really like this story However, I got thrown for a loop at the supernatural twist it took Markheim is forced to face his life, and the acts he committed through the years His false sense of righteousness, and the slippery slope that took him down the path to becoming a murder It was a real wake up call for him And it gave me food for thought Four stars.Overall thoughts I read The Picture of Dorian Gray earlier this month, and I can t help but contrast it with this collection Mr Oscar Wilde seemed to be a proponent of not injecting his own sense of meaning into his story In contrast, there seems to be a lot of Mr Stevenson s thought processes in his stories I don t think either is better or worse I feel that writers have different motivations, and I can learn from any number of them, finding something of personal meaning in their stories In the case of this volume, I can certainly see why Mr Stevenson continually revisits the same concepts although in different ways in each story It is clear that they played heavily on his mind Perhaps these stories served as a catharsis for him Even than a hundred years later, our society has similar divisions and issues, which might contribute to social ills in no small way in my opinion As such, these stories still have a relevance to this reader Sadly, Mr Stevenson has been dismissed by literary critics as a second rate writer My personal opinion is that he wrote very well His stories were entertaining, but they had a strong message to the reader That s not what I d consider hack writing But, each reader has to make their own decision about that.


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    These greats from the past wrote in such a sophisticated way One could really learn a lot about how the written word is used and how language was eloquent back then Words were used just like a painter uses the paint to blend and manipulate the pigments on canvas for a picture to manifest A single brush stroke could be the virtual equivalent of a beautiful sentence I often wonder that if the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson were around today what would he think of the smart phone He would probably be amazed at the technology but at the same time he would probably be horrified at the text speak What would he make of all these words with no vowels The mind boggles Anyhow this book is another masterpiece that has inspired many writers since its conception It certainly inspires me.


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    I only read the first four or five stories in this, but they were all interesting, if a bit products of their times Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was a weird read for me, since the story really needs ignorance to work well, I think So sadly, I don t think I appreciated it the way someone might if they came upon it without prior knowledge of the twist It was clearly good, but I was bored than enthralled, unfortunately The other stories I read were much enjoyable because I had no idea what to expect Maybe next year I ll manage to read the other half of this book But right now I ve got so many scheduled reads going on that I know I won t get back to this any time soon.


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    This was a good story It also had some very horrific parts Reading it has made me appreciate Stevnson s work on even .


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    I can t really tell you what I was expecting when I started this story except, of course, that I wasn t quite expecting what I got.This is another of those classic tales that I ve long assumed I ve known, but never have really known at all I had images in my head of foaming test tubes or beakers and of hair spouting from the backs of hands To be honest, I also had visions of lots of sex too Unlike Frankenstein, this story mostly lives up to what I guess could be called its image in the popular imagination It is surprising how few classics seem to I mean, how strange it is that Mary s Frankenstein s monster gets by without bolts in his neck This story is particularly strange I ve read the Penguin Classics edition, but have skipped all the essays and introductions I read the notes, but found them not terribly useful The ones of interest were the notes comparing Jekyll s illness to syphilis Given this was the AIDS of the day and if anything possibly an even crueller disease causing madness, symptoms like leprosy and hideous deformities it is hardly surprising that it might be vaguely referenced in a horror story Now, that is the other thing I wanted to say This is a horror story, but don t expect the sort of blood chilling effect that a modern horror story might give In fact, Stevenson seems to go out of his way to telegraph his punches The story is told in a very odd way But on that in a minute what is very interesting about this is that it is almost as if Stevenson isn t as interested in the cheap thrills that might come from a long slow build up of suspense, but rather the horror of this story is something that lingers about you for a while after you have finished it.How is this for an opening sentence Mr Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse backward in sentiment, lean, long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow loveable Not exactly the life of the party, then Although this story is told in omniscient narration it is always through the perspective of this Mr Utterson the dull as dishwater lawyer.I think that if I was writing this story I wouldn t have written it in this way I think this story would have had much oomph if it was either told entirely from the perspective of Utterson or entirely from the perspective of Jekyll The last bits of the story, where we learn of Jekyll s secret, is all told through a letter read after Jekyll s death This seemed less than satisfactory to me as a device for telling the story.Alternatively, if the whole thing had been told through the eyes of Utterson then there could have been much to make of questioning the man s motives He is someone who ends up in the story making lots of money of the misfortunes of many of his friends And he is a lawyer, for god s sake, if you don t know to not trust lawyers then you don t know much.This could very easily have become quite a psychologically twisted and interesting piece if the voice telling the story had been Utterson s in much the same way that Wuthering Heights is interesting at least partly because it is told by Lockwood.Calvino plays with a similar idea to this one the idea of the good and bad in a man being torn asunder in his novella The Cloven Knight There are times when we look back on our lives and do think of ourselves as separate people people with good sides and bad sides I ve never been able to quite buy the Socratic idea that people only do bad because they don t know the truth and that once people understand the truth they will always act in accordance with it For years I smoked cigarettes whilst despising myself for my weakness in giving into them time and again My problem wasn t that I didn t know enough about the truth about smoking my problem was one of desire, pure and irrational desire.And Hyde is the realisation of Jekyll s unmediated desire I had expected of this story, but all the same, I can see why it has troubled the minds of generations of readers This is printed with two other stories designated as tales of terror which, really, is going a little too far I only read one of these The Body Snatcher which is a cautionary tale concerning not taking the first step down the path of evil All the same, the end was particularly weak, I though.The best bit of Jekyll and Hyde, I think, was the reason at the end why Jekyll is unable to continue making his formulation Very clever.


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    I really enjoyed this classic Still enjoyed the story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde I also enjoyed the short story titled The Suicide Club For me this is a creepy classic that is fun to read.


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    Review originally posted on my book blog This review will be done a little differently, as I will be giving a short review for each short story, then an overall rating for the book 1 Strange Case of Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde I went into this story knowing only the tiniest of details, so I was very intrigued to see how I liked it At first it was difficult to get into, because I had to get used to the writing and the time frame seems to jump around a bit, but soon the story turned very dramatic very quickly It s a rather dark story, and I was curious to learn how the events were actually happening, to see the logic behind it all Towards the end it did drag slightly, because there were pages of explanation, but I did enjoy finding out the rest of the story Rated 3 5 stars 2 Markheim I didn t enjoy this story very much I remember reading it and having only the faintest clue what was going on I believe it was about a madman murdering someone, but that s all I got from it The writing seemed like the character was rambling, which was probably the intention, but I did find myself wanting to skip ahead I feel like this is a story I ll enjoy when I m older Rated 1.5 5 stars 3 Olalla This story was easier to read It was intriguing and descriptive, really setting the scene well I found it to be an entertaining story, but I didn t really understand the ending that much Rated 2 5 stars 4 Thrawn Janet So this section of the book was quite difficult to read, because it was written in a strong accent, so you had to decipher it as you were going along However, it was still relatively easy to keep up with the events of the story, and there weren t many occasions where I didn t know what was going on I enjoyed it quite a bit for how short the story was, but I feel like I d have enjoyed it a lot if it wasn t written with the accent, since it took me so much longer to read Rated 2 5 stars 5 The Bottle Imp I think out of all the stories, this may have been my favourite tied with Jekyll and Hyde It was entertaining and easy to keep up with, and wasn t difficult to read at all I felt like it was just the right length, since it didn t drag on but it wasn t too short either Rated 3 5 stars 6 The Isle of Voices It was an alright story Seemed to ramble on a bit and there were a couple of times where I didn t know what was happening But the plot twist really surprised me, so I have to give it extra credit for that Rated 2 5 stars 7 The Body Snatchers This one is exactly what the title suggests Since I knew what the story was about just from the title, I was intrigued to see what the story would be, if that makes sense I feel like there was an air of mystery surrounding the title I thought it would be boring or drag out at first, but it surprised me slightly, especially with the ending Rated 3 5 stars 8 The Waif Woman Like with Markheim, I didn t really understand this story too much I got the gist of it, but other than that it just seemed to go on for a lot longer than it needed to The plot line seemed good, but like I said, I just didn t like it all too much Rated 1.5 5 starsOverall Rating 3 5 stars


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    Jekyll and Hyde The dual natureThis is also available at my blog, 149 Novels There s a popular question if you could choose a super power, would you choose flight, or invisibility The question is deceptive, because it s not just about entering the world of comic book heroes It s about why you want that power People who want to fly want to get someplace quickly, want to stop paying for transportation, and want to show off In an episode of This American Life, one man specifically says that all the girls would want to sleep with the flying guy People who want to be invisible want to get into movies for free, spy on people, and steal clothing assuming anything that they are wearing is also invisible No one would use their powers to fight crime which is reasonable, because they do not have super strength, or immortality.I thought of this question and its moral implications while reading The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Dr Jekyll believes that all humans are divided creatures, split between good and evil He wishes that the human mind could be freed from the struggle to reconcile the two, and so he uses his medical knowledge of drugs and their side effects to make a compound that will divide the low from the high He feels as if doing this will allow him to become two separate people, and even creates a name for his darker self But he soon learns that he cannot be free from the crimes of Mr Hyde, which were far darker than he predicted.I liked this story a lot, and recommend it It s good to read a well known classic and see how it was originally presented, free from the various adaptations I like that, while it is essentially a horror story, it has an element of science fiction, with Jekyll s reference to experimenting with drugs that have known side effects I was delighted that it is not revealed that Jekyll and Hyde are the same person until you are well into the novel, which seems to me an especially Victorian element It s smartly written with an effort towards timelessness Hyde goes out at night and does evil things We don t know what it is left to us to imagine what he does, to adjust his crimes to our own sense of evil.According to some reading I ve done on the novel s meaning, the Victorian interpretation was that good and evil exist in everyone, and attempts to repress your darker nature will cause it to erupt, and will cause great outbursts of evil In my own reading of the novel, I perceive that Jekyll was evil than he admits before dividing his soul He wished that he could live without the struggle between his evil nature and Victorian morality, and his desire to free his evil side is the goal, not an effort to create a personality of pure goodness At his transformation, he delights in the feeling of losing the reservations of morality Only in fear for his life does he regret what he has done The true horror of the tale is that he is a man without remorse throughout Next up is Dune by Frank L Herbert It comes highly recommended by a few fans of the novel It is also difficult to find at the library the library search engine is not designed to provide simple results for a simple search When you type in Dune , it pulls up an entire page of various novels in the Dune series, putting them in no logical order, so that you have to move on to the second page of results just to locate the first novel in the series And of course, then you have to keep searching to find copies that are available at your local library I think the catalog divides them between distinct editions of books, because a search for one novel may turn up several different results which are all the same novel, along with a few books about Dune, a book on dune buggies, and a children s book about deserts.This is not meant as a complaint on my local libraries, which are excellent I just wish some local benevolent tech genius would donate a new search engine to the library.


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    Somewhere in the second trimester of fetal development of first world babies, knowledge of the story of Jekyll and Hyde is passed down the umbilical cord from mother to child, and thus are we all born with a basic understanding of this tale of duality It is nearly impossible to live in a developed country and not understand a Jekyll and Hyde reference Since I felt I already knew the story, and that the surprise ending is forever ruined for everyone alive today, I put off reading it until I was 32 years old, but I m glad that I ve now checked it out.It s my understanding that of all the film adaptations of this book of which there are well over 100 , not a single one of them gets it just right The main character isn t Jekyll Hyde, but John Utterson, a friend of Dr Jekyll This poor chap isn t even in most of the movies, I don t think Anyway, the story is told from his point of view, not J H s And while Utterson is missing in most film versions, you know who is missing from the book The woman She doesn t exist There is no tragic romance and eventual damsel in distress in the book at all It s not even mentioned It s a never was.So, what really happens We learn from a friend of Utterson s that a Mr Hyde was seen trampling a little girl, and was forced to pay her family Hyde presented a check written by Dr Jekyll, a well respected physician and friend of Utterson s This baffles Utterson, but Jekyll assures him it s legit, and that Hyde is Jekyll s beneficiary Utterson can t understand it, but is told to wash his hands of the matter, and he does Jekyll had been flying low under the radar during all this Hyde kind of disappears for a bit, but reemerges and kills a man He s hunted down, but escapes In his house is found the murder weapon, a cane that Utterson himself had given to Jekyll as a gift a while back Jekyll is confronted with this bit of intel, and he assures Utterson and the cops that he has permanently ended his association with Mr Hyde Dr Jekyll reemerges into society, and is his old bubbly social butterfly self for a few months, then suddenly he locks himself up in his house and refuses to see people He sends his staff on errands for various drugs so he can make his crystal meth, but nobody ever sees Dr J they just receive his instructions from behind a closed door The staff is now living in terror because they believe Mr Hyde has come back and taken Jekyll prisoner, or something like that The butler decides enough is enough, and tells Utterson what s going on Utterson and the butler hit up Dr J s lab, bust down the door and find Mr Hyde dead on the floor wearing Dr Jekyll s clothes, but there s no sign of Dr J They find a diary from Dr Jekyll which explains everything, and he had somehow kept it hidden from Mr Hyde.The long and short of it is this as if you need to be told since you gained this information during prenatal development Jekyll had made a potion which allowed him to entertain his immoral desires with impunity which also altered his physical appearance to the point that he didn t even resemble his real self in the slightest At first all was fine, and he had fun with sin, but then the sins started getting a bit serious He tried to curtail, but it was difficult After Hyde murdered the one dude, Jekyll cut it off cold turkey, and all was well for a while But then Hyde started coming out while Jekyll was asleep, and Jekyll, while looking like Hyde, had to take the potion to turn back into his original self Eventually Hyde just started showing up whenever he felt like it, so Jekyll locked himself away in his lab He sent his staff all over the city for one ingredient he needed to make the potion, and the ingredient needed to be 100% pure and unsullied He got this ingredient from several apothecaries, but with the same disastrous results the potion didn t work It turns out that it was an impurity in the ingredient in the original potion that made the magic happen, oh woe is Jekyll As Jekyll wrote this in his journal, he felt Hyde coming again, and knew he would never be Dr Jekyll again since he was a out of the original potion and b not strong enough to put Hyde away any It s around this point that Utterson breaks in, and that s the end of the tale Insert dramatic music stab here.I understand better now why this is deemed a classic The way it unfolds on the pages sets it apart from the movie adaptations, and makes it a much better story than I thought it would be Reading it with a fresh and open mind was difficult since it s ingrained in my head from birth, but I can see why it was such a huge hit when it came out.A bit of background about how this novella came to be because it s one of those amazing stories Stevenson was not a well man He was on bed rest, not allowed to talk or move, and doped up on the leading opiate of the day when he started screaming in his sleep one afternoon His wife was alarmed, and woke him up Instead of thanking her, he admonished her saying something like What d you do that for I was having an awesome nightmare That fine bogey tale Stevenson s exact words was the basis of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde The The was left off intentionally by Stevenson, but publishers added it after he died For the next three days Louis wrote like a madman probably because he was one , and presented the first draft to his wife She had literary aspirations of her own, and was a harsh critic She said it was a fine horror tale, but really it sucked monkey balls While her back was turned, Louis burned the manuscript for fear that he might be tempted to use it Also, he was really fricking pissed off and it was his way of saying Well fine Take a load off, Fanny Fanny was Mrs S s name, and nobody in the Stevenson household enjoyed their afternoon tea for a while after the page burning incident So, he wrote it again, this time taking six days instead of three He added allegorical elements one of Fanny s suggestions , and shat out the classic that is now the frame of our concept of duality in modern society Three days later after Fanny had finished editing it, it was sent off A little over two months later it was published, and sold forty thousand copies within a year It was discussed and written about all over the English speaking world, and used in church sermons Soon it would be made into stage plays When radio and film entertainment got fired up, it would invade those mediums, and 125 years after its initial publication, it is still relevant How many stories can make that claim


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    I read this one so I had something to base any retellings I read about the infamous Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story on.I like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde I didn t perceive it to read as dark as I thought it would based upon my other encounters with the story But it was good and entertaining.I also enjoyed the Suicide Club a lot I found myself pretty pulled into that story.There was one story in this collection of short stories that I am still not 100% sure what went down It was the narrator Not that there is anything wrong with giving a narrator a unique tone of voice, but I probably should have read it out loud The narrator along with the authors writing style just didn t pull things together for me in my head.The other stories were ok I found them interesting enough Sadly since they were shorts, they felt like they just kind of ended, but oh well They had lessons and morals in them And I am glad that I went ahead and read them all.You can find of my reviews here


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