Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a gothic novella by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson published in 1886. It is about a London lawyer (Utterson) who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. The appearances seen in this book are intriguing and at the same time, fanciful.
To begin with, we use to define an appearance as the way a person or thing looks to other people (Cambridge, dictionary, 2018) according to the book, Jekyll lives a life in which he cannot be himself, he has to be a perfect doctor who help sick people and his daily life is bored, without adventure and adrenalin. For that reason, appears Hyde, an evil, ugly, rude, and disrespectful man who lives an adventurous, risky and murderer life; Hyde doesn’t worry about what people think of him.
This book was made in the Victorian era, for that reason all people had to live in apparent of what they did and how they lived. The proletariat was seen as a lower class than the rich people, therefore, they thought that the working class could not acquire many luxuries and tastes that the upper class could. In this era, it was better to hide a bad side or problems in the home because a good reputation was important, and many advances in science and medicine were seen. Jekyll, who was a doctor, had the ability to create many poisons and new medicines with one goal: to create an independent life in which he could be an evil person. For that reason, Hyde appears, a man who changes Jekyll’s life and makes him lose control.