Analysis Of The Hound Of The Baskervilles

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The novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes. It includes a legend of a devil beast, a century old family curse. It is set majorly in London and the moors of England 's West Country, Dartmoor. The setting is ominous and brooding enough to be fit for a murder mystery. The author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a Scottish writer is well known for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, considered as one of the best works in field of crime fiction. The Hound of Baskervilles was the third of four novels written by the author based on Sherlock Holmes. The book is written in the Victorian era and thus the literature and language resembles that era. The legend in the story is
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Thus it is believed that the Baskervilles of Devonshire are cursed until they can atone for the foul behaviour of their ancestor, Sir Hugo Baskerville. In the current scenario Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead with marks of a large canine beast found around his body. Now it is believed that the legend is revived and the life of next heir of the Baskerville family, Sir Henry Baskerville is supposedly under danger. The novel starts with Dr. Mortimer seeking Sherlock Holmes ' advice as he wants the latter to investigate the real cause of the death of Sir Charles Baskerville. The next Baskerville to die, Sir Henry Baskerville, being the only legitimate heir inherits the Baskerville Hall. He disposes all the superstitions and moves to the Baskerville Hall. The Baskerville Hall is located in the melancholic moor in the vicinity of Dartmoor a barren and ominous area which is perfect to evoke a feeling of danger and creating a gloomy atmosphere. So Dr. Watson is sent to investigate about the legend and look over Sir James Baskerville and protect him from danger. In Devonshire Dr. Watson finds the estate being guarded by armed men who are in pursuit of an escaped convict. Watson also meets the potential suspects of the mystery, Jack Stapleton and his sister, Mr. and Mrs. Barrymore and the help of the house. Watson also finds out about Grimpen Gire…show more content…
But it can be looked as a demerit as we miss seeing Holmes and Dr. Watson working together. Though in the end there is a good reasoning for the absence of Holmes. This also allows characters other than Holmes to take centre stage. The reader is kept guessing. Whether it is the escaped convict, the Stapletons, the butler and his wife, there is no lack of suspects. This along with the atmosphere created by the author adds an element of thrill. As for the villain is revealed with enough time left in the story for a proper confrontation between Holmes and the villain. The climatic scene is deadly and
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