Identification

Read the preface and main text of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and respond to the writing prompts below. Format all responses on the same document and submit via Pilot. Word counts will vary. DUE DATE: Friday, Nov. 1, 5 p.m.

[1] Describe your reactions to the character(s) of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the end of the fifth section, "Incident of the Letter." Are you confident that Mr. Hyde will no longer bother Dr. Jekyll? Why or why not?

[2] What picture do you have in your mind of Edward Hyde’s appearance? For what reasons might Stevenson have deliberately avoided describing him fully?

[3] One issue raised by Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is drug abuse. How does somebody who is abusing drugs change in personality, appearance, and habits? What evidence indicates that one of the characters is abusing drugs? Cite specific passages from the book.

[4] In the final section of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, "Henry Jekyll's Full Statement of the Case," many events that occurred earlier in the book are explained. Evaluate the decision that Jekyll/Hyde makes. Do you think that the decision is reasonable, or is it a hasty action arising from a tormented mind? Explain.

Discussion

For this writing exercise, you will be asked to use some of your artistic juices:

Write a modernized version of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that sets the narrative at the Lake Campus (or the Dayton campus, if you are a student there).

Other than this one stipulation, you have complete creative freedom here, and there is no word limit: you may write as long or short a story as you like. You will be graded primarily on two counts: [1] the degree to which your story demonstrates a knowledge of Stevenson's novel, and [2] the mechanical and grammatical cleanliness of your text (i.e., as always, be sure to revise and polish your work). Don't forget to include a title. Have fun! DUE DATE: Friday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m.

Summaries

In your own words, summarize the following three articles from the supplementary material in the Norton Critical Edition of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:

Peter K. Garrett • Instabilities of Meaning, Morality and Narration
Patrick Brantlinger • An Unconscious Allegory about the Masses and Mass Literacy
Katherine Linehan • Sex, Secrecy and Self-Annihilation in Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Each summary should be 250 words long and formatted as a single paragraph. As always, be sure that your writing is revised and polished. Submit all three summaries on the same document via Pilot. DUE DATE: Friday, Nov. 15, 5 p.m.