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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Chapter summary table

From which perspective(s) is the narrative


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Third person narrator - concentrating on Mr Mr Utterson and Enfield pass a door on one of their walks. Enfield tells the story of an
Story of the Door Utterson incident he witnessed when a strange man walked over a child. Enfield and others
First person narrator – Mr Enfield blackmailed the man – the cheque used to pay £100 was in the name of Dr Henry Jekyll

Search for Third person (limited) – concentrates on Mr Mr Utterson looks at Dr Jekyll’s will – Mr Hyde is named as sole benefactor. Mr Utterson
Mr Hyde Utterson meets Mr Hyde and gets his address

Dr Jekyll was quite at Third person (omniscient) – conversation Mr Utterson visits Dr Jekyll in order to talk about Mr Hyde and the will. Dr Jekyll reassures
ease. between Mr Utterson and Dr Jekyll Mr Utterson. He asks him not to mention the matter again.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Chapter summary table

From which perspective is the narrative


Title of Chapter Summary of events
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Third person limited for the maid – third person The maid witnesses Carew’s murder. Carew was carrying a letter addressed to Mr
limited switches to Utterson Utterson. Mr Utterson recognises the murder weapon (a walking stick he gave to Dr
Jekyll), but doesn’t tell the police whom it belonged to. Utterson and Newcomen travel to
Mr Hyde’s Soho house. Mr Hyde has left. There is no trace of him

The Carew Murder Case

Third person omniscient – focuses mainly on Utterson visits Jekyll, concerned. Jekyll gives Utterson a letter that is supposedly from Mr
Utterson Hyde; the letter states that Jekyll need not worry about Hyde as he has escaped. Jekyll
swears that he will have nothing more to do with Hyde. Poole tells Utterson that no letters
have been delivered to the house. Utterson seeks Mr Guest for advice. They drink some
wine. A servant enters with a note from Dr Jekyll. Mr Guest notices that the handwriting is
exactly the same as Hyde’s, except for the fact that it is sloped differently.
Incident of the Letter

Third person omniscient and limited (focusing on Dr Jekyll becomes his old self – he even becomes religious. There is no sign of Mr Hyde.
Mr Utterson) After two months Dr Jekyll stops seeing people. Utterson goes to see Dr Lanyon. Dr
Lanyon appears to be dying – he has had a terrible shock. He says that he will have
First person letter from Dr Jekyll nothing more to do with Dr Jekyll. Utterson writes to Jekyll and receives a reply that
makes him think Jekyll is mad – it says that he wants no more contact with the outside
The Remarkable Incident world. Dr Lanyon dies and leaves some documents for Mr Utterson, not to be opened until
of Dr Lanyon’s death and the death or disappearance of Jekyll.
Dr Lanyon
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Chapter summary table

From which perspective is the narrative


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Third person limited – focuses on Mr Utterson Mr Utterson and Mr Enfield see Dr Jekyll in a window at the back of his house. They begin
to talk but Dr Jekyll stops the conversation as a look of horror spreads across his face.
Utterson and Enfield leave.

Incident at the Window

Third person omniscient (especially when Poole visits Utterson to tell him that he is worried about his master. They go to the house
describing the night) and to the door of Jekyll’s ‘cabinet’ (his rooms). The voice inside is not Jekyll’s. Poole tells
Third person limited (focusing on Utterson) Utterson that it’s not Jekyll in the room – he thinks it was Hyde. Utterson and Poole break
First person as Poole tells his story into the room. They find the body of Hyde on the floor, dressed in clothes that are too big
The Last Night for him. There is a drug in the room. On Jekyll’s desk is a new will that names Utterson as
the benefactor, and a document. Jekyll has left a note saying that Utterson should read
the documents that Lanyon left before reading his own testament.

First person – Dr Lanyon’s narrative, in the form The events in Dr Lanyon’s narrative occur before Utterson discovers Hyde’s body. In his
of a package left to Mr Utterson. narrative Dr Lanyon recounts how Dr Jekyll asked him to fetch some drugs from his rooms
and to wait for a visitor at midnight. The visitor is Mr Hyde, who arrives and takes the
Dr Lanyon’s narrative In this narrative Dr Lanyon receives a letter from drugs. He turns into Dr Jekyll before Dr Lanyon’s eyes. Dr Lanyon is so shocked by this
Dr Jekyll, which is another first person narrative. that he dies soon after; his life’s beliefs and work appear to have crumbled before his eyes,
This chapter is complicated! while Dr Jekyll’s ‘unscientific balderdash’ has resulted in the phenomenon of Mr Hyde.

First person (from Dr Jekyll’s point of view) Dr Jekyll explains what happened from his point of view. He claims that he always wanted
mixed with 3rd person when describing Mr Hyde’s to find a way to separate his good, public self from the side of him that wanted to be free to
actions. Dr Jekyll sometimes confuses the two. do whatever it wanted. He says that he used to be an ‘ordinary, secret sinner’, but when
he found a way to separate his two sides he was able to indulge his desires as Mr Hyde.
He claims that he was free of the responsibility of his actions. After Mr Hyde kills Sir
Henry Jekyll’s Full Danvers Carew he manages to resist taking the potion, but eventually succumbs to
Statement of the Case temptation (note that we are never told what Dr Jekyll’s sins are) and takes the potion
again. Mr Hyde begins to take over Dr Jekyll – he needs larger and larger doses of the
potion in order to become Dr Jekyll again. Eventually the potion runs out and he is unable
to make a new batch. Hyde kills himself – maybe because he feared being hanged for the
murder of Sir Danvers Carew, although this is not entirely clear. Perhaps he had other
reasons?