Examining the Timeless Mystery Novels The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Mystery of Edwin Drood

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Throughout the years the characters and plots of mystery novels have evolved and have been modernized. However, no matter when or where the novels are written, they all succeed in having major impacts on the unsuspecting readers. For some mystery fans, the opening of the book can awaken the butterflies in the pit of their stomachs. As the stories progress, the reader is drawn further and further into the novel until it becomes impossible to pry the book from their hands. Mystery novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens are not exceptions and are overflowing with suspenseful scenes. The mysteries The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Mystery of Edwin Drood arouse excitement and encourage the reader to continue to read …show more content…
In Jasper’s case, in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the character development is the complete opposite. After the disappearance of his nephew, Jasper not only gains self-confidence, but becomes suspicious of everyone and revenge becomes his main priority. The other characters have also noticed Jasper’s transformation as Rosa says that she, “… [has] not seen him [Jasper] since the fatal night and then he was present in gloomy watchfulness, as representing his lost nephew and burning to avenge him” (Dickens 168). Therefore, Jasper’s “presence is felt throughout [the novel] as an overhanging threat” (Cardwell xi).This leads to the mystery changing the main characters. Whether it is for better or for worse, it is something intriguing that the reader can ponder as they read.

At first glance, it may appear as though the only people affected by the mystery are the protagonists, but in fact the majority of the society and the secondary characters are influenced. In The Hound of the Baskervilles, the fear of the hound causes many characters to be on edge and fearful of the Moor, which results in the reader experiencing constant suspense and fearing the mystical hound. More specifically, Sir Henry Baskerville is always anxious, is always shaking and fearing that his next breath may be his last. “The
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