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'with ape-like fury' - Hyde

Simile describing Hyde as a savage animal, not a human
Links to Darwin's theory of evolution: undeveloped and primitive


'it brought out the sweat on me like running' - Enfield about Hyde

Hyde's appearance evokes a strong physical reaction in people
Reader feels a sense of hatred towards Hyde


'like some damned juggernaut' - Hyde

Huge, destructive, overwhelming force
Unstoppable, determined to kill


'something wrong with his appearance, something displeasing, something downright detestable' Enfield about Hyde

Enfield is disgusted by Hyde's appearance, suggesting he doesn't belong in civil society
Anaphora of 'something' exaggerates how deformed Hyde is
Plosive 'd' reinforces sense of repulsion
Envokes fear in other characters and reader


'hailing down a storm of blows' - Hyde

Stevenson compares Hyde's action to natural phenomena
'Hailing': Hyde's beats were damaging, frequent and powerful
'Storm': uncontrollable


'in the ranks of mankind was pure evil' - Hyde

Implying that Hyde has infiltrated normal society


'shrank back with a hissing intake of the breath' - Hyde

Animalistic connotations
Again - links back to Darwin's evolution theory


'I concealed my pleasures' - Jekyll

He suppressed his evil desires in order to gain respect from other people
Links to theme of reputation


'my devil had long been caged, he came out roaring' - Jekyll about Hyde

Jekyll's inner 'devil' is a representation of his most evil desires
'Devil' - links to theme of science vs religion as Jekyll's desires are in opposition to Christian ideology


'had fallen upon his knees and lifted his clasped hands to God' - Jekyll

Jekyll has turned to God for forgiveness after realising his mistakes.


‘gave one of his pleasant dinners… all intelligent, reputable men’ - Jekyll

He is sociable and respected by his peers.


‘I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end’ - Jekyll

The book ends on a sad note, making the reader feel sympathy for Jekyll


‘Such unscientific balderdash’ - Lanyon about Jekyll

Lanyon is traditional and remains rooted in his ideas, highlighting the absurdities in Jekyll’s experimentation.


‘His own tastes being rather chemical than anatomical’ Jekyll

Jekyll enjoys being Hyde rather than his own self


‘Man is not truly one but truly two

Psyche can be split