The Hound Of The Baskerville Book Vs Movie Analysis

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Suspicion can be fascinating but haunting. Since Victorian times, the suspicious death case of Sir Charles Baskerville in The Hound of the Baskerville has intrigued/compelled vast amounts of readers. However, recent audiences are more compelled to stories with a modern twist of horror and gruesomeness. Because of less main characters, a fast-paced plot, and the differing point of view of Atwood’s The Hound of the Baskervilles film adaptation, the film has a frightening, intriguing mood with a new perspective compared to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original novel. The novel’s point of view is Watson’s perspective, whereas the film adaptation is told in third person, making the events less involved with Watson. Because the novel is told in Watson’s…show more content…
Both the film and the novel incorporate Holmes as the judgemental, observational, and intelligent detective, while Stapleton is the cunning, evil villain. the novel, there are more main characters, such as Laura Lyons, who plays an important role in the case. It states, "Mrs. Laura Lyons of Coombe Tracey had written to Sir Charles Baskerville and made an appointment with him at that very place and hour he met to his death.” In contrast, the film has less main characters. Therefore, both have a suspenseful mood, but the novel has a more suspicious mood while the film has a more dramatic mood. The director chooses to remove some characters to dramatically focus on less suspects of the case. His decision makes the movie more…show more content…
Holmes and Watson’s antagonist in the novel is the logic aspect of the case. For example, Holmes says “Of course, if...we are dealing with forces outside the ordinary laws of Nature, there is an end to our investigation. But we are bound to exhaust all other hypotheses before falling back to this one.” Also, in the novel, the logical solution and evidence is explained in further detail, for Holmes gives “a sketch of the course of events from memory” in the resolution. There are many subplots in the novel, such as Seldon’s escape, Sir Henry and Mrs. Stapleton, and Sir Charles Baskerville and Laura Lyons, which answered many questions about the case and evidence against Stapleton. On the other hand, the main conflict in the film is Holmes and Watson against the superstition aspect of the case. Unlike in the novel, when Watson and Sir Henry dine at Merripit House with the Stapletons and Mrs. Mortimer, Mrs. Mortimer performs a ritual to call the superstitious spirit of Sir Charles, which a gigantic hound then pounces at the window. This shows that the director wanted to focus on superstition instead of logic. Also, to make the story more interesting, the director shows the dead body of Sir Charles as the exposition instead of Dr. Mortimer’s walking
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