In The Novel, The Hound Of The Baskervilles, By Sir Arthur

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In the novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the role of medicine within the 19th century clearly impacts the course of events within the novel. Both through the death of Sir Charles Baskerville and the characterization of Dr. Mortimer, concepts from earlier understandings of medicine help to explain the otherwise unexplainable events within the novel. In his novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle utilizes the concept of doctors within the nineteenth century in order to characterize Dr. Mortimer and ultimately suggest how he and Sir Charles Baskerville’s death contribute to the novel. One of the most integral characters in this novel’s plot is Dr. Mortimer, as he is able to…show more content…
This concept is pivotal for the reader to understand, as it underscores the character of Dr. Mortimer as an individual who is relatively knowledgeable for the time regarding medicine. This characterization plays a pivotal role in his understanding of the circumstances surrounding the Baskerville “curse”. Within the first sections of the novel, the main plotline is revealed. Following Sir Charles Baskerville 's death, Dr. Mortimer pays a visit to Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes and notifies them of his passing, which occur under troubling circumstances. Dr. Mortimer explains the family curse that plagues the Baskervilles, since the death of Hugo Baskerville. After explaining how hounds have troubled the family, Dr. Mortimer begins to elaborate upon the specifics of Sir Charles Baskerville’s death. Dr. Mortimer reveals that Sir Charles Baskerville had become obsessed with the fable surrounding his family and that he began to fully believe it. This leads him to develop a paranoia about hounds. However, on the night he died, Dr. Mortimer recounts that Sir Charles Baskerville was meandering around the moor and remained by the gate. The next morning, he was later found dead near this location, however, there were no signs of a struggle or confrontation. Due to the lack of wounds on Sir Charles, the investigators concluded that he had perished due to a heart attack. Dr. Mortimer is intelligent enough to accept this conclusion, as Dr. Mortimer
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