Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Activities

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Are your students reading 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?' Help them understand this novella, its themes and its characters with these individual and group activities.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Activities

Have you ever been in a situation where you wished you had an alter ego? Robert Louis Stevenson certainly considered this desire when he wrote about Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. These activities will help students explore their own alter ego and enhance their understanding of the novella.

Who's Your Alter Ego

Dr. Jekyll creates Mr. Hyde to explore his desire to be bad, unruly and live without consequences. This activity gives students a chance to create their own alter ego.

Materials

  • Computers with internet and projector capabilities
  • Free face altering application
  • Digital picture of each student

Instructions

Ask students to follow these instructions to complete this activity:

Brainstorm and write down 10 characteristics or traits that describe you. Create an alter ego and write down 10 characteristics for this alternative version of yourself. In what ways would you be different and alike? Upload a picture of yourself and use the free face altering application to create the face of your alter ego. Project a digital photo of yourself and your alter ego on a screen for the rest of the class to see. Explain your alter ego characteristics to the class and describe how you and your alter ego are different from each other.

Character Analysis

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a suspenseful story with an interesting main character. However, Dr. Jekyll and his alter ego Mr. Hyde are not the only characters designed to intrigue and entertain the reader. This activity requires students to create a character analysis of supporting characters and discuss the role of these characters in the story.

Materials

  • Poster board
  • Markers

Instructions

Divide the class into groups and assign one of the following characters to each group: Dr. Layon, Poole, Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield. Then ask each group to outline the following on their poster board:

  • Five character traits
  • Two character strengths and two character weaknesses
  • The character's relationship with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • The character's role in the plot
  • An example of how the story would change without the character

Afterwards, reconvene the class and provide the following discussion prompts:

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