Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Chapters 3-4-5

English 12
Mrs. Malaspino
Two weeks after Mr. Utterson’s initial
encounter with Mr. Hyde, Dr Jekyll invites Mr
Utterson to a dinner party. When the chapter
opens, we are provided with a description of
the doctor. This is the first time we have
actually met him. Give a detailed description
of the doctor’s personality and appearance.
Discuss how, symbolically, Hyde only
represents a small portion of Dr Jekyll. Does
this mean that only a small part of him is evil?
How is it ironic that Mr. Utterson openly
attacks Mr Hyde to Dr Jekyll?
Nearly a year has passed since Mr. Utterson’s
dinner with Dr. Jekyll. Do we know what Hyde
has been up to in this time?
Why do you think it is important that
Stevenson has included a full moon in the
maid’s description of the murder
Focus on the passage beginning, ‘And as she so
sat…’ and ending ‘…the maid fainted.’ Why do
you think Hyde murdered Sir Danvers Carew?
Why is this act symbolic?
To what extent does the weather reflect events in
this chapter? Give specific examples.
Why can’t Mr Utterson find a photograph of Hyde
to publish?
Discuss the irony in the sentence, ‘You have
not been mad enough to hide this fellow?’
Look at the section, ‘…Dr Jekyll, looking
deadly sick. He did not rise to meet his visitor,
but held out a cold hand and bade him
welcome in a changed voice.’ What might Dr
Jekyll’s sickness symbolize?
What is implied when Poole admits that there
was no letter handed in or no messenger?
In many ways, Jekyll and Hyde reads like a
classic murder mystery, similar to Agatha
Christie’s And Then There Were None.
Assume the role of a detective. Add up all the
clues so far, and determine what you think is
happening. Cite evidence from the text and
write up a report of your conclusions about the
mystery surrounding Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
at this point in the novel.

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