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- Full Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
- When Written: 1885
- Where Written: Bournemouth, England
- When Published: 5th January 1886
- Literary Period: Victorian
- Genre: Horror, Drama, Victorian Gothic
- Setting: The streets of London
- Climax: Utterson reads the narrative written by Lanyon before his death, which describes the horrific bodily transformation of Mr. Hyde into Dr. Jekyll, explaining everything that has happened so far in an absolutely incredible way.
- Antagonist: Mr. Hyde forms the antagonist of the tale until we realize that he is in fact the double of Dr. Jekyll.
- Point of View: A third person narrator tells the story with an omniscient view of characters but stays mostly with Mr. Utterson, which allows Stevenson to reveal things to the reader with suspense.
Extra Credit for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Strange Beginnings. Robert Louis Stevenson reportedly wrote the draft of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in an astonishing three days in a drug-induced fever.
Expensive Taste. Robert Louis Stevenson was known as “Velvet Jaket” as a young man because of his dandy-fied taste in clothes.