The Incident of the Window

The Incident of the Window

The Purpose of “The Incident of the Window” Scene. What is Utterson’s “motive” in paying a visit to Jekyll’s place? What does he “choose” to do when he spots Jekyll?

English 3312C Fall of 2020 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Essay #4: The Purpose of “The Incident of the Window” Scene***

(We are assuming that Gabriel John Utterson is the protagonist; therefore

it is his actions, especially, his reactions, that provide “clues” to answers

regarding the scene’s purpose. Recall, if you will, E. M. W. Tillyard’s claim:

“Every human action has three parts: Motive, Choice, and Consequence.”)

What is Utterson’s “motive” in paying a visit to Jekyll’s place?

What does he “choose” to do when he spots Jekyll?

What are the consequences of this well-intended visit?

Please use the three-paragraph format in writing your essay.

***(This is the story’s “Point of no return”! Look up the meaning of this

phrase.)

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