Suspense in Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles

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Suspense in Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles

When Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle was writing The Hound of the Baskervilles it was the era of Queen Victoria. He used Victorian England for the setting because it increased tension. The Victorian times were a frightening and eerie time. There were flickering gas lamps, which lit the streets casting scary shadows, and also there was a weak police force and crime, prostitution, drug abuse and murders were common.
Factories made the streets dark, smoky and dreary and there was often fog that was caused by the smoky factories.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?s style of writing in Hound of the Baskervilles is the typical classic English mystery style because it has several
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This all happens in the early chapters to create suspense and to make the reader read on to find out what it?s all about:

?He was running, Watson ? running desperately, running for his life, running until he burst his heart and fell dead upon his face.?

The repetition in the sentence builds up suspense.

The purpose of the opening chapter is to introduce the main characters and to set the scene.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduces Holmes in the first sentence:

?Mr Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings.?

This shows that Sherlock Holmes is disorganised and doesn?t follow conventions. The first chapter also tells us that Holmes is aware of everything and can make out a person using just their walking stick.
Holmes talks in a confident, posh manner that makes him sound forceful and arrogant.

The first chapter also shows that the theme of the book is going to be about good vs. evil ? Holmes says to Watson:

?Now is the moment of fate, Watson, when you hear on the stairs a step which is walking into your life, whether for good or for evil.?

It actually states good and evil in the quote but also it?s dramatic just like the book and it builds up tension because they?re waiting for something happen.

The first chapter is the foundation of the plot it begins with Dr
Watson and Sherlock
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