Grades 6 - 8
Grade level Equivalent: 7.1
Lexile® Measure: 1070L
Guided Reading: Z
- Mystery and Suspense
- Short Stories
About This Book
Good and evil, right and wrong. Both are seen through the eyes of John Utterson, a lawyer and friend of the scientist Dr. Jekyll. After hearing the alarming account of the horrendous trampling of a small girl "like some damned juggernaut" by a violent man named Mr. Hyde, who also holds a connection to the lawyer's dear friend, Utterson's curiosity gets the better of him and he begins to investigate. As he probes further into the events and the hidden life of Mr. Hyde, Utterson slowly uncovers a terrifying and ghastly story.
This is Robert Louis Stevenson's harrowing tale of good and evil caught in the same person — a kind and well-respected doctor who has discovered a powerful and deadly drug.
Dr. Jekyll has been experimenting with identity. He has developed a drug which separates the two sides of his nature, allowing him to abandon himself to his most corrupt inclinations as the monstrous Mr. Hyde. But gradually the journey back to goodness becomes more and more difficult, and the risk that Mr. Hyde will break free from Dr. Jekyll's control puts all of London in grave peril.
Robert Louis Stevenson originally wrote Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde as a "chilling shocker." He then burned the draft and, upon his wife's advice, rewrote it as the darkly complex tale it is today. Stark, skillfully woven, this fascinating novel explores the curious turnings of human character through the strange case of Dr. Jekyll, a kindly scientist who by night takes on his stunted evil self, Mr. Hyde. Anticipating modern psychology, Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature — as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror.
Published in 1866, Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde was an instant success and brought Stevenson his first taste of fame. Though sometimes dismissed as a mere mystery story, the book has evoked much literary admirations. Vladimir Nabokov likened it to Madame Bovary and "Dead Souls" as "a fable that lies nearer to poetry than to ordinary prose fiction."