Violence/Terror - Jekyll and Hyde (Lanyon sees transformation ("…
Violence/Terror - Jekyll and Hyde
Trampling the girl
"turn sick and white with the desire to kill him"
Perhaps the doctor realises he is a medical aberration and fears what this could mean for his profession.
The people around him can sense his evil nature and this creates a murderous reaction.
"trampled calmly over the child's body"
The adverb "calmly" intensifies the terror, becauseHyde doesn't show his emotions and is therefore unpredictable.
The verb "trampled" shows the animalistic nature of Hyde and the violence that he is happy to commit.
Lanyon sees transformation
"conscious at his touch of a certain icy pang along my blood"
Lanyon is instantly in an unexplained unease when he comes into contact with Hyde.
The noun phrase "icy pang" shows that even though he is clearly terrified, as a Victorian gentleman he unable to put an emotion to it.
"his face became suddenly black"
The adjective "black" connotes evil. Witnessing evil is likely to have an effect on Lanyon.
The suddenness of the incident means that Lanyon was taken by surprise and had no time to prepare for the shock.
"a prodigy to stagger the unbelief of Satan", "my arm raised to shield me from that prodigy, my mind submerged in terror.
The noun "Satan" shows that Hyde knows he will get a reaction from Lanyon and he is trying to appeal to his darker side.
The 'prodigy' is indeed horrifying to Lanyon and the metaphor of the verb "submerged" shows how overwhelmed he is by the occasion.
Murder of Carew
"broke out of all bounds and clubbed him to the earth"
The noun "bounds" suggests that Hyde has left the realm of civility that Victorian gentlemen were expected to stay in.
The violence of the noun "clubbed" shows the fear and pain that Carew would have died in.
The noun "ape" links to Darwin's theory of natural selection. Suggests that it is not Hyde and his violent acts that incite fear, but instead the scientific change that he symbolises.
The animalistic nature of Hyde would have evoked terror in Carew and the maid who witnessed the murder.