Detailed questions and answer on “Remarkable Incident of Dr Lanyon”

Comprehension questions

Dr Jekyll enters a new phase of life at the beginning of the chapter: what does he do that was different from before?

Then he refuses to see Utterson: why do you think – look at “Henry Jekyll’s full statement of the case” for the answer?

How has Lanyon changed when Utterson visits him?

What letter does Utterson receive from Lanyon and what instructions come with it?

Analytical questions

How does Stevenson develop Lanyon’s character in this chapter?

Evaluative questions

How successfully does Stevenson arouse the reader’s curiosity in this chapter?

Creative response tasks

Write Utterson’s diary for this chapter, explaining what he thinks and feels at Jekyll and Lanyon’s behaviour.

Stevenson writes of Hyde at the beginning of the chapter: “Much of his past was unearthed, indeed, and all disreputable (disgraceful/creating a poor reputation): tales came out of the man’s cruelty, at once so callous and violent; of his vile life, of his strange associates (people he knew), of the hatred that seemed to have surrounded his career”. Write a series of newspaper articles about what Hyde has done.

Write a poem or story called “The Shock”.

 

You can watch a YouTube video I made about this section here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDO-vorkfUc

 

POSSIBLE ANSWERS in brief & bold

 

Comprehension questions

Dr Jekyll enters a new phase of life at the beginning of the chapter: what does he do that was different from before? He does “good”, i.e. charitable works. He also socialises like he used to, inviting  Utterson and Lanyon to dinner.

Then he refuses to see Utterson: why do you think – look at “Henry Jekyll’s full statement of the case” for the answer? We learn in Jekyll’s narrative that he has been turning into Hyde without wishing to: this is the reason that he won’t see anyone.

How has Lanyon changed when Utterson visits him? He has his “death warrant” written on his face, in other words, he is going to die.

What letter does Utterson receive from Lanyon and what instructions come with it? He receives a letter addressed to him but he is told that he must not open it until Jekyll has disappeared or died.

 

Analytical questions

How does Stevenson develop Lanyon’s character in this chapter? Stevenson has been very careful to “develop” his characterisation of Lanyon in this chapter because he reveals him to be a very different man from the beginning of the book, where Lanyon was presented as a smug person who was utterly confident that Jekyll was pursuing “unscientific balderdash” and would have nothing to do with him and his projects. He was certain of himself and his views. In this chapter, we see a man who has had all of his views about life shattered and changed: he has lost his confidence and is about to die. He has changed very dramatically.

 

Evaluative questions

How successfully does Stevenson arouse the reader’s curiosity in this chapter? The change in Lanyon provokes the reader’s curiosity because it is so extreme. We, as readers, wonder: how can such a confident and successful man change so dramatically? What has happened to cause his death?

 

For more on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde please read my book Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: The Study Guide Edition available in paperback and e-Book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1494767910

My play-script version of the novel enables students to read the book in groups and understand it as well as the context of the times: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1495975010

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