Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Significance of sleep in the novel?

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The motif of sleep pervades through this novel. Utterson can't sleep, HYde moves through a labyrinth of sleeping houses at night, Jekyll involuntarily turns into Mr. Hyde in his sleep... Sleep hence becomes a state of the uncontrolled and vulnerable. It is a place where the dark and light meet within the psyche of the human mind.