Here's a list of everyone who is reading along. There's still time to sign up if you haven't already!
- My Reader's Block
- My Two Blessings
- The Introverted Reader
- Melody Likes Words
- Fizzy Thoughts
- The Zen Leaf
- Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity
- Life Is A Patchwork Quilt
- Subliminal Intervention
- My Friend Amy
- Milk and Honey Quilts
Below are some questions to consider as you read the book this month. You can choose to answer some/all of the questions in a post on your blog or in the comment section here (if you answer on your blog be sure to leave a link to that post in the comments here), you can include some of the answers in your review of the book, or you can ignore the questions altogether.
On Oct. 15 I’ll check in with you again to see how your reading is progressing, then on Oct. 31 (Halloween!) I’ll do the final post and link to everyone’s reviews.
And now, the questions …
- Part of the implication of "Dr. Jekyll’s Account" is that Man Cannot Always Be Good. No matter how hard Dr. Jekyll tries to live a good, upstanding, sober life, he can’t resist the temptation of transforming into Mr. Hyde. Is this true of mankind? Can we never build a good society?
- Having read Dr. Jekyll's version of events (and assuming we believe him), how much blame can we assign him? Should we blame his oppressive society or his lack of moral character? Another way of asking this: is Dr. Jekyll a sympathetic character?
- Does the novel suffer due to its lack of female characters? How would it have been different with, say, a female narrator?
- Evaluate the book’s psychological accuracy. Do these characters think the way people do?
- What do you think about the way in which the book is told, with multiple viewpoints with a dry lawyer at the center? Does it work?
- What is the effect of the two narratives at the end? Does this dual explanation have anything to do with the dual nature of Jekyll/Hyde? Or is it just to provide an eyewitness account?
- Based on #2 above, do you think Dr. Jekyll is a reliable narrator? Why or why not?
- If you have read any other book by Robert Louis Stevenson, how does this compare?
From a college class’s website:
- In what sense might the Victorian period’s rigid moral standards be responsible for Dr. Jekyll’s tragic transformation into the evil Hyde? In other words, according to Stevenson’s story, what makes a man like Jekyll--a good Victorian, really--become the criminal Hyde?
- In an earlier short story called “Markheim” (1874) Stevenson wrote that “evil consists not in action but in character.” How is that statement applicable to the various characters’ interest in discovering the facts behind “the strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”?
*If you are not familiar with Shmoop, definitely check it out! They have some excellent resources for a wide variety of books.