Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde protrays the culture of the Victorian Era.

Essay by code788High School, 10th gradeA+, October 2003

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Culture variations around the world bring uniqueness and identification to each individual. Culture is the totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought, and through history, the Victorian Era has been one of the most influential times in English history. In the book "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson, the author uses images of crime, urban life, and in heritance to portray the culture of the Victorian Era.

The gruesome crimes committed by Mr Hyde reflect the views of his animalistic and lower class way of behavior. The beginning of the story starts of with the introduction to Mr. Hyde by narrating about the first crime that he commits. During this crime, Hyde comes upon a little girl on the road and "the man trampled calmly over the child's body and left her screaming on" (pg 2).

To walk over a child in that time, or even the present time for no reason is an unbelievable and horrific crime to commit. A direct loathing comes to Hyde's name immediately as it is morally wrong to trample over anyone, much less a child. The notorious reputation that also comes to his name also shows the Victorian morality does not tolerate crimes, and that contributing to the ungentlemanly-like behavior, the ugly appearance is enough to make him an outcast. The next murder that Hyde commits was upon a well known respectable gentleman, and the way that he murdered Sir Danvers Carew was absolutely shocking for the man "broke out of all bounds and clubbed him to the earth". (pg 15) Any crime during the Victorian Era is a sin, but to beat a man to death like an animal, for no reason rather than the anger within Hyde...