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Mr. Utterson, the lawyer, is perplexed and disturbed. His close friend of many years, the well-respected Dr. Henry Jekyll, has fallen into the company of one Edward Hyde—a man who, by all accounts, is cruel, unfeeling, and seemingly pure evil.
Fearing for his friend's life, Utterson tries to persuade Jekyll to rid himself of his new companion. Although Jekyll swears he can and will, Utterson continues to hear reports of the doctor's closeness to Hyde. The horrible crimes of the evil Mr. Hyde scandalize the community, and then when he murders a Member of Parliament, Utterson decides the situation is critical. Jekyll's relationship with Hyde must be stopped!
Utterson, however, does not realize the full extent of that relationship, and the desperate lengths to which Jekyll must go to sever it. A short novel examining the dangers of a man trying to release, control, and rid himself his own dark nature.
A short book and excellent choice for freshman (and up) students who want a challenging story.
Through Robert Louis Stevenson's classic psychological thriller novel, students will learn:
About the Author: Learn about Robert Louis Stevenson.
Background Information: Calvinist theology.
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Grammar, idiom, allusion, point of view, mood, compare/contrast, synonym, flashback, dictionary, narrator, hubris, irony, imagery.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Reputation, friendship, judgement, control our tongues, mercy, justice, evil, pity, sinful nature, temptation, true freedom, legalism/permissiveness, pride.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Mapping, Victorian England, human nature, art, poem, Gothic, scientific progress, music, money, crossword, multimedia project, drama, adaptations.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!
Printed Workbook Format
These are great study guides if you want to teach a novel from a Christian perspective. I love the material, and it is interesting while thought provoking.
This was not our first Progeny Press guide and like the others we've used, both my son and I liked this one. The synopsis, about the author, and background information all make for a more thorough reading and understanding of the story. Really think it is important to go over "period" vocabulary, and appreciate that Progeny Press starts out each study guide chapter that way. The questions cover not only story contents and themes, but also are personally thought-provoking. I like how it's not just the story, but also makes you think about your relationship to it, your morals, your values.