As an embodiment of rationalism, materialism, and skepticism, Lanyon serves a foil (a character whose attitudes or emotions contrast with, and thereby illuminate, those of another character) for Jekyll, who embraces mysticism. His death represents the more general victory of supernaturalism over materialism in Dr. Lanyon states that he and Jekyll had differences of opinion rearding the subject of science, and that they haven't been social for quite some time. "I wish the friends were younger, " chuckled Dr. Lanyon. Dr Lanyon witnessed Jekyll's transformation into Hyde and it scarred him deeply. He couldn't believe what Jekyll had done and he thought it was unnatural. This shows that Dr Lanyon doesn't agree with Jekyll's experiments or 'believe' in them, as he calls them 'balderdash'. Lanyon and Jekyll represent two perspectives on 19th century medicine. Dr. Lanyon is a successful, rational, upstanding medical practitioner. Jekyll believes in the supernatural, and mysticism. Just after his irrepairable break with Jekyll, Lanyon fell ill. He died within days. We are not given the details of his illness. A week afterwards Dr.
Lanyon is important to the novel because of the dramatic mystery surrounding what he has seen. It excites the reader and draws us in. He is also important because, as a scientist and doctor, his disagreement with Jekyll's "wrong in the head" ideas shows us that Jekyll is thinking and working outside of normal science.
Lanyon and mentions that he looks ill. Lanyon tells him that he is a doomed man. He claimed to of had a shock and later died in his bed. Hyde allowed Lanyon to witness his change back into Jekyll.
Why did Jekyll want to reveal his transformation to Dr. Lanyon? He needed someone to get the ingredients for the potion. He confides in Lanyon because he is a scientist and will understand more than the average person.
It was not until two months before the Carew murder that Jekyll found cause for concern. While asleep one night, he involuntarily transformed into Hyde—without the help of the potion—and awoke in the body of his darker half.
Lanyon because of Lanyon's secrets. Jekyll believes that, because of his secret, he must avoid seeing his friends. Jekyll reveals his secret to Mr. Utterson, causing Utterson to never speak to Jekyll again.
Poole, visits Utterson and says Jekyll has secluded himself in his laboratory for weeks. Utterson and Poole break into the laboratory, where they find Hyde wearing Jekyll's clothes and apparently dead from suicide.
Jekyll's partial success in his endeavors warrants much analysis. Jekyll himself ascribes his lopsided results to his state of mind when first taking the potion. He says that he was motivated by dark urges such as ambition and pride when he first drank the liquid and that these allowed for the emergence of Hyde.
What does Jekyll say in response to Utterson's inquiry regarding Hyde's whereabouts? Jekyll says that he swears that he will never set eyes on him again and he is done with him in this world. Jekyll wants Utterson to have the letter because he is unsure what to do with it.
As an embodiment of rationalism, materialism, and skepticism, Lanyon serves a foil (a character whose attitudes or emotions contrast with, and thereby illuminate, those of another character) for Jekyll, who embraces mysticism. His death represents the more general victory of supernaturalism over materialism in Dr.
Dr Lanyon is an important character in Stevenson's novel because, like Dr Jekyll, he is a scientist and doctor, so he makes an interesting point of comparison and contrast. In fact, he becomes uncharacteristically agitated and talks angrily of Jekyll's ideas as 'scientific balderdash'.
Dr. Lanyon is a friend of Jekyll and Utterson and is the character in the book who is most wedded to rationality. He withdraws from Jekyll when he perceives that Jekyll has rejected science and reason. Jekyll turns to Lanyon when he needs reliable and dispassionate help.
Then, one night, a servant girl witnesses Hyde brutally beat to death an old man named Sir Danvers Carew, a member of Parliament and a client of Utterson. The police contact Utterson, and Utterson suspects Hyde as the murderer.
Hyde, as his name indicates, represents the fleshy (sexual) aspect of man which the Victorians felt the need to "hide" — as Utterson once punned on his name: "Well, if he is Mr. Hyde, I will be Mr. Seek. " Hyde actually comes to represent the embodiment of pure evil merely for the sake of evil.
Dr Jekyll is a well-respected and intelligent scientist. He is a wealthy man and lives in a house with his butler, Poole.