Gothic Literature In The Hound Of The Baskskervilles

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INTRODUCTION The Victorian period saw the evolution of Gothic fiction and adapting on new characteristics. For centuries, Gothic fiction has provided authors with many imaginative ways for addressing the contemporary fears. Early Gothic novels, such as Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764) and Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) were set in fascinating landscapes and distant times; the action took place in crumbling castles and torch-lit monasteries and the villains tended to be dissolute Catholic noblemen and corrupt, sex-crazed monks. Later, the authors such as Charles Dickens borrowed typical Gothic motifs – the innocent abandoned in a threatening environment for example, or the mysterious stranger with secrets to hide – and transferred them to contemporary Britain in order to…show more content…
James Watson, the most famous detective novel in fiction. It is full of thrill, drama and suspense. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are one of the best parings of the detective novels and the genuine affection of Holmes and his companion is loved by the readers. The Hound of the Baskervilles gives Watson a chance to shine as Watson spent time off on his own without his partner Sherlock Holmes and has done some independent investigation which somehow may have helped in solving the case. He made a number of discoveries and, kept Sir Henry Baskerville safe against a very serious threat. Watson is seen as an intelligent and creative man in the novel but without the help of Sherlock Holmes the investigation was incomplete. It is a story of a seemingly supernatural creature, a hound, which haunts Dartmoor which caught the public imagination. The novel is a blend of both detective and gothic genres, placing them together in an intentive fashion. The rational detective story takes centre stage whenever Holmes is present in the

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