Strange Case Of Dr.
Jekyll And Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson introduces many topics of conflict from the end of the nineteenth century of the British empire. Throughout the story, the use of sexuality, race, class, and immigration can all be seen being used by Stevenson to emphasize the fear of the British empires nineteenth-century anxieties. The relationship held between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde would not yet be distinguished, but it would become clear that the significance was of much worth.
After seeing that Dr. Jekyll included the strange Mr. Hyde into his will, Mr. Utterson began to believe that Dr. Jekyll was being blackmailed by Mr. Hyde. This blackmailing could come from the possibility of Dr. Jekyll having a secret relationship with the same sex, sparking the anxieties of the nineteenth-century British empire.
While on a routine Sunday walk it is usually filled with silence between Mr. Enfield and Mr. Utterson until a mutual friend is encountered finally breaking their silence. On this particular day, Mr. Utterson makes a note on a door that was being passed, as he recalled seeing Mr. Hyde enter this door with a key to retrieve a cheque worth ten pounds of gold, the door Mr.
Hyde entered would be called the Blackmail House. ” I make it… the more it looks like queer street, the less I ask” ( Enfield 6). This clear distinction of queer street is an indication of homosexuality within the British empire that was ensured to never be spoken upon again by the two.
“Lets us make a bargain never to refer to this again” (Utterson 7). In conclusion, homosexuality would have been considered a sin or unheard of in the times of the nineteenth-century, especially in Britain. The British empire’s laws and beliefs would contradict the topic of homosexuality. Britain’s Catholic belief considered such acts to be a great sin and sexuality conflicts would then be outlawed to prevent the anxieties of the nineteenth-century British empire.