Jekyll and Hyde – Chapters 1 and 2, Analysing Quotations

Some good work today, guys, just make sure you remember the 3 steps of analysis:

1. Break the sentence down – look at the meaning and connotations of individual words, techniques and phrases, as well as the whole sentence.

e.g ”…the man trampled calmly over the child’s body and left her screaming on the ground. It sounds nothing to hear, but it was hellish to see.”

“calmly” suggests Hyde had no compulsions over harming the child, and contrast between this and and “screaming” emphasises how callous he was.

“Hellish” not only tells us how awful a sight it was, but links Hyde’s actions to something evil, or “damned”.

2. Think about what the whole sentence suggests.

e.g. ”…the man trampled calmly over the child’s body and left her screaming on the ground. It sounds nothing to hear, but it was hellish to see.”

The sentence shows that there is no mercy in Hyde’s actions, as well as highlighting the brutality of what Lanyon has witnessed.

3. Comment on the context of the quotation.

e.g. ”…the man trampled calmly over the child’s body and left her screaming on the ground. It sounds nothing to hear, but it was hellish to see.”

Already we become aware of Hyde’s cruelty and vicious nature, even in harming an innocent child. This brutal incident foreshadows the violence and evil that Hyde continues to wreak throughout the novel.

HOMEWORK, DUE Wednesday 28/08/2013 – Read to the end of Chapter 5 ‘The Incident of the Letter’, and complete your analysis of your five quotes.

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