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Identify Key Themes in 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'

In this worksheet, students will identify key themes in 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'

'Identify Key Themes in 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Pearson Edexcel, OCR, Eduqas,

Curriculum topic:   The 19th Century Novel, 19th Century Novel, 19th Century Prose

Curriculum subtopic:   The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde': Key Themes

Once you feel confident about the plot of the novel, you can identify the different characters and start to look at the ideas or themes throughout the story

This is really where it starts to get interesting!



You know some of the background already: who wrote the book, when it was written, where it is set. Our next set of questions are about why Stevenson wrote this story and what it makes us, the readers, think more about.

These are the important key terms we will use in this activity:

Themes - ideas that run through the story. There are several themes which are connected as they focus on life in Victorian society.

Motifs - these help us to identify where the writer is pointing out a particular idea. It might be something we keep noticing in the way the story is told or structured.

Symbols - objects or colours we keep noticing which show us that the writer is highlighting a specific idea.


We will find examples of all three when we discuss different ideas in the story; they work together to build up layers of meaning.

You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples. These quotations are for reference only.

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