Jekyll: This is the elderly gentleman at the center of the story who struggles with
the dual nature of his personality. Although very kind and friendly to his friends, Dr.
Jekyll has a dark side which he chooses to express in the person of Mr. Hyde. Although he
valiantly tries to keep Mr. Hyde bottled up inside, eventually the dark side of his
personality wins out, threatening his well-being and even his life.
Mr. Hyde: This is the small man who
commits the heinous acts of brutality and murder throughout the story. Mr. Hyde is created
when Dr. Jekyll drinks a special chemical solution, subsequently turning himself into this
other creature. Mr. Hyde is hated by everyone he meets, even at first glance. Although
they cant name it, those around him sense something profoundly evil about his
Mr. Utterson: This man is the
main protagonist of the story. Utterson is a lawyer but also a personal friend to nearly
all of the other characters, and helps crack the case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The
story is told from his perspective and the reader soon realizes that hes a fair,
honest, good-natured man. Utterson is described as possessing a rugged countenance, yet
somehow being lovable.
Mr. Enfield: Enfield is the
friend of Utterson who goes on weekly Sunday afternoon walks through town. On one such
walk Enfield tells Utterson about Mr. Hyde and the strange house he has the key to.
Dr. Lanyon: Lanyon is the friendly,
elderly doctor who helps Utterson solve the case when he describes the letter given to him
by Jekyll. Lanyon is the one who witnesses Jekylls startling transformation to Hyde.
Poole: This man is Dr.
Jekylls long-time butler and friend of the family. Pooles main role is to help
Utterson break into Jekylls laboratory near the end of the story when he
suspects foul play. He is described as a "well dressed, elderly servant."
Sir Danvers: He is the parliament
member who is so ruthlessly slaughtered by Mr. Hyde while the maid watches in horror from
the upstairs window. This murder causes Hyde to go into hiding for several months.