the strange case of dr.jeckyll and mr.hyde

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SUMMARY BIOGRAPHY OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850.Because of his poor health he spent most of his childhood in bed.In his adolescence he travelled a lot in search of a more friendly climate; he lived in the south of England, Germany, France and Italy.
He took up engineering at University, following in his father's footsteps, but he was not enthusiastic about it. All the time he was in conflict with his social environment, the respectable Victorian world; he grew his hair long, his manners were eccentric and he became one of the first examples of the bohemian in Britain, openly rejecting his family's religious principles and the love for respectability. After giving up engineering, he graduated in law in 1875 and decided to devote himself to writing.
He went to France where he married Fanny Osbourne, and since his health was deteriorating, they moved to Australia and Tahiti, settling down at Vailima in Samoa.He died of a brain haemorrhage in 1894. MAIN WRITINGS Treasure Island(1883), The strange case of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde (1886), Kidnapped(1886), The master of Ballantrae (1889). SUMMARY Mr. Utterson is a London lawyer who is a friend of Dr. Jekyll. Jekyll gave up his regular practice to experiment with non-traditional medicine. Utterson is concerned because Jekyll has written a will that leaves all his money to his new partner Mr. Hyde. Utterson has heard bad things of Hyde and disliked him at first sight. The lawyer thinks his friend is being blackmailed. One day, the lawyer is asked to identify the body of a murdered man, Sir Danvers Carew, one of Utterson's clients. Hyde is suspected of the murder, but he has disappeared. Jekyll swears that he has not seen Hyde and has broken with him forever. The case remains unsolved and Jekyll becomes more sociable than he had been. Suddenly, though, he locks himself into his laboratory, yelling to the servants through the door, directing them to gather chemicals for him. The servants recognize a change in his voice and think that their master has been murdered; another man has taken his place in the lab. They call Utterson who breaks down the door. On the floor lies Hyde, who has killed himself with poison. Sadly, Utterson assumes Hyde returned and killed Jekyll, but the doctor's body is nowhere to be found. He does find, however, a letter in which Jekyll explains his relationship with Hyde. Jekyll had sometimes indulged in debauches which, if discovered, could have ruined his reputation and of which he is ashamed. Pondering this split in his personality, he decides to find a way to separate his two beings. Jekyll creates a potion that releases his evil side, Mr. Hyde. Hyde is shorter and smaller than Jekyll, having not had as much “exercise”. For a while Jekyll enjoys his two bodies; he can do whatever he likes without fear of discovery. His pleasure is stunted when Hyde kills Carew, and he resolves never to take the potion again. Hyde is now