How Does Robert Stevenson Build Up Our Expectations in the Story of the Door: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

How Does The Writer Build Up The Readers Expectations
In The Story Of The Door ?

In the story of the door Robert Stevenson builds up the readers expectations by talking about the characters, setting, themes and mystery and suspence. In this essay i will look at all four points and explore the methods Stevenson uses to build up our expectations.
In the opening paragraph of the story of the door, Stevenson starts by describing Mr. Utterson. We find out that Utterson is a lawyer. This already make the reader to expect some crime and court scenes to be involved in some part of th story. Utterson personality is described as having two sides to it. Stevenson describes Utterson as, "Lean, long, dusty and dreary, yet somehow loveable. At friendly meetings, and when the wine was to his taste." This tells the reader that Utterson's appearence is dull and lifeless, but has a pleasant personality. The idea of split personalities is a main theme throughout the story, so by describing Utterson of having a split personality in a less extreme way than Hyde can help the reader to expect more of this later on in the story.
Mr. Enfield who is a relative and friend of Utterson is then introduced to the story. Utterson and Enfield seem to have a strange relationship as they don't have much in common and don't seem to talk to eachother when the go on walks. "It was reported by those who encountered them in their Sunday walks, that they said nothing." This shows a theme of contrast which is shown later on in the book as there is a big contrast between Jekyll and Hyde. Dr. Jekyll is the good person and Mr. Hyde is the evil person.
A time when Utterson and Enfield are on a walk together in a busy quarter of London they come upon a two story neglected building. The building has no windows and only a door that has no bell or knocker. "It was two storeys high; showed no window, nothing but a door on the lower storey and a blind forehead of discoloured wall on the upper." This shows...