Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. G.J. Utterson is a lawyer who appears in the first part of the book. Given Utterson's occupation, what is unusual about his behavior?

Utterson chooses to help others rather than judge them. This behavior works well for Utterson although it defies the fact that lawyers tend to be arrogant and loud. Neither characteristic fits Utterson which makes him a reliable source.

2. A stranger on the street attracted the attention of many bystanders, including Mr. Enfield. Why was Mr. Enfield shocked by the stranger?

Mr. Enfield is one of the witnesses who sees the stranger trample the little girl on the street. The stranger exerted brute strength, ran over the girl and then left her laying there, not caring if she was injured.

3. Utterson and Enfield were discussing Jekyll but Enfield would not speak the doctor's name aloud. Why did Enfield refuse to reveal Jekyll's name?

Because Jekyll is a highly respectable man. By mentioning Jekyll's name aloud, it would be akin to defaming the man in some way, an act that was not acceptable at the time.

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