The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: GCSE Study Guide

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Far beyond the simple notions of split personality, Stevenson’s exploration of class systems, religion, science, societal expectations and human nature in Victorian England makes this gripping novella relevant to each and every one of us, and thus a fascinating text to teach. This comprehensive guide offers targeted, detailed notes to help students get to know the text, ensuring that they feel confident analysing key themes, characters and contexts and encouraging them to explore the text in new ways prior to the exam.

  1. Walkthrough – Build understanding of the chosen text with insightful and relevant commentary and analysis. All chapters are concisely summarised, then examined in detail.
  2. Whole-text Analysis – Explores: Characterisation • Relationships • Setting • Themes • Ideas and Messages • Language • Form • Structure • Context


  • Student-friendly plot summary
  • Key term glossary
  • Further reading
  • Original illustrations

Woven into the analysis throughout you will find:

  • Discussion prompts to encourage debate and individual interpretation
  • Active learning tasks to deepen understanding
  • Essay tips and questions for excellent exam practice
  • Key term definitions and ‘Did you know?’ boxes to ensure students grasp difficult concepts

Suggested answers are provided for questions and activities.

The perfect companion to the Activity Pack for this text.

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (9461)
'A very useful resource that covers all aspects of the text, breaks them down clearly using subheadings for easy access and it is also written in an easy, fluent style which makes it easy to engage with... There is plenty of information and analysis which will be helpful to both students and teachers and this info is combined with questions to make students think.... I like the way that the chapter by chapter analysis draws out themes e.g. duality in characters and their relationships. The tasks are varied imaginative... The learning tasks are varied and they make the students think more deeply about elements of the text... Subheadings allow students to identify areas of interest such as specific theme or a point about structure very easily... The use of images (or intended images) adds further interest. I like the way that the answers to the essay questions are presented using the AO points. There are also plenty of short, useful quotes (for learning) in the answer section.' S White, English Tutor and Independent Reviewer
'A very thorough and comprehensive guide... Not just merely scratching the surface, but is in depth and covers every element of the text. I'd have no reservations in recommending this to my students... I think this is an excellent resource and I think the sooner it is published the better! It provides a detailed and gritty response to the text and encourages students to think and explore for themselves. Well done to the writer!' K Chanter, Head of English and Independent Reviewer