Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)

I.- Character review: 

Prezi presentation

II.- Chapter 1: “Story of the door”.

Link to the book

III.- PPT about RLS philosophically: presentation

IV.- Jekyll and Hyde in the media:

a) Men At Work – Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive

b) Transformation scene of the 1931 movie

c) Hyde & Hare – Cartoon

 d) Dr Jerry & Mr Mouse
Read the novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and choose one of the following options:
  • Throughout the novel we hear reports of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from various eyewitnesses, including the servants in Jekyll’s household. Utterson questions the butler Poole about his master, and we see the fearful anxiety of the servants in the chapter, “The Last Night.” Imagine that you are one of the servants reporting on the events at the house of Dr. Jekyll on the night Poole and Utterson break into his study. Create a dramatic monologue, using phrases and lines from the chapter, but putting in your own fears and anxieties as one of the servants who has been witnessing the strange comings and going of Hyde for some time.
  • Imagine that after the death of Dr. Jekyll and the revelations about the true nature of Mr. Hyde, Utterson and Enfield are taking their Sunday walk and come up to the same door as they did in the opening chapter. What do you think Utterson would say about his dead friend? Create a dialog between these two characters.
  • Create a newspaper article for the day in March 1880 when the news reveals the double identity of Dr. Jekyll. Write the headline, a feature story about the events of his passing, a biographical sketch of Dr. Jekyll, and an obituary. Include several pictures or images to add interest to the story.

Assessment criteria:


  • Language & Vocabulary: 5 pts.
  • Reading comprehension: 5 pts.
  • Creativity: 5 pts.
  • Task fulfilment: 5 pts.
  • Responsibility: 5 pts.
  • TOTAL SCORE: 25 pts.


Wordcount: 700-1000 words – Times New Roman 12.


Deadline: May 31st, 19:00 hrs. sent to


Frankenstein & Dracula

Let’s review some passages of both novels…

Frankenstein Chapter 15

Dracula Chapter 13



In groups of 3, carry out the following task:

  1. Make a list of the most relevant characters and refer to their roles in the novel.
  2. Make a list of 10 important moments in the novel.
  3. Reflect on the transgression to morality in the novel. What are your conclusions?
  4. What elements in the novel make it a gothic literary work?
  5. What role does science have in the novel?
  6. What is the meaning of “un-deadness” (Dracula students) / How is the concept of “revenge” present in the novel (Frankenstein students)?

Send your answers to

Deadline: Friday 5th May


The Gothic Novel

What do you understand by the meaning of the word “gothic”?

What do these gothic buildings have in common?

Milan Cathedral

York Minster Cathedral, York, EnglandBran Castle, Romania… or…

Watch the following video and take notes that help you answer this question:

“What are the characteristics of gothic literature?”

Gothic Literature presentation: Gothic Literature

Frankenstein’s presentation:

Dracula’s presentation:

Contents for the 1st test: 12th April


  • The Renaissance
  • William Shakespeare’s Biography & the Elizabethan Theatre
  • Types of poems
  • Poem analysis
  • The Romanticism
  • The American Civil War


  • Shakespeare Sonnets 18, 116 & 73
  • Geraldine McCaughrean: Stories from Shakespeare (photocopies)
  • William Blake’s poems The Tiger & London
  • Walt Whitman Oh Captain My Captain
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self Reliance



Romanticism (1770-1848)

In this new unit we will analyze a new era in literature; that is, the Romanticism.

What do you know about it?

What important artists belonged to this movement?

As an introduction let’s watch the following scene from the movie “A clockwork orange”.

What is “Romanticism”?

Watch the following video and answer the questions below:

  • How could you define Romanticism in one word?
  • When was Romanticism born?
  • What was the artistic objective of Romantic artists?


Now, let’s analyse some romantic literary works:

The Tyger & London by William Blake


Romanticism in America

The American Civil War (introduction)


Walt Whitman’s “Oh Captain my Captain” dedicated to Abraham Lincoln



Self-reliance – Ralph Waldo Emerson




“But now we are a mob. Man does not stand in awe of man, nor is his

genius admonished to stay at home, to put itself in communication with the

internal ocean, but it goes abroad to beg a cup of water of the urns of other

men. We must go alone. I like the silent church before the service begins,

better than any preaching. How far o_, how cool, how chaste the persons

look, begirt each one with a precinct or sanctuary! So let us always sit.

Why should we assume the faults of our friend, or wife, or father, or child,

because they sit around our hearth, or are said to have the same blood?

All men have my blood, and I have all men’s. Not for that will I adopt

their petulance or folly, even to the extent of being ashamed of it. But your

isolation must not be mechanical, but spiritual, that is, must be elevation.

At times the whole world seems to be in conspiracy to importune you with

emphatic tries. Friend, client, child, sickness, fear, want, charity, all knock

at once at thy closet door, and say, | `Come out unto us.’ But keep thy

state; come not into their confusion”.



“Prayer that craves a particular commodity, | any thing less than all good,

| is vicious. Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest

point of view. It is the soliloquy of a beholding and jubilant soul. It is the

spirit of God pronouncing his works good. But prayer as a means to effect

a private end is meanness and theft. It supposes dualism and not unity in

nature and consciousness. As soon as the man is at one with God, he will not

beg. He will then see prayer in all action. The prayer of the farmer kneeling

in his field to weed it, the prayer of the rower kneeling with the stroke of

his oar, are true prayers heard throughout nature, though for cheap ends.”


“Insist on yourself, never imitate”

“We imitate; and what is imitation but the

travelling of the mind? Our houses are built with foreign taste; our shelves

are garnished with foreign ornaments; our opinions, our tastes, our faculties,

lean, and follow the Past and the Distant. The soul created the arts wherever

they have nourished. It was in his own mind that the artist sought his model.

It was an application of his own thought to the thing to be done and the

conditions to be observed. And why need we copy the Doric or the Gothic

model? Beauty, convenience, grandeur of thought, and quaint expression are

as near to us as to any, and if the American artist will study with hope and

love the precise thing to be done by him, considering the climate, the soil,

the length of the day, the wants of the people, the habit and form of the

government, he will create a house in which all these will find themselves

fitted, and taste and sentiment will be satisfied also”.



“A political victory, a rise of rents,

the recovery of your sick, or the return of your absent friend, or some other

favorable event, raises your spirits, and you think good days are preparing for

you. Do not believe it. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing

can bring you peace but the triumph of principles”.


Activity: Read the essay “Self-reliance” for next class.