The Hound Of The Baskervilles by Conan Doyle Essay

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The Hound Of The Baskervilles by Conan Doyle

Conan Doyle is best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr Watson. His stories about mysterious detection stories are still being read all over the world.

Arther Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. He spent a year in Austria before taking a degree in medicine. He later drew on the method of diagnosis for the basis for Sherlock Holmes's own deductive methods and 'Elementary' approach to solving mysteries. His work was so popular because at that time detection was rising.

How do chapters 1 and 2 set in motion the rest of the novel?

At the start of a detective story, readers would expect to find out about some sort of
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Also Holmes points out the teeth marks on the stick, although he only knows what dog they're from because he seems the dog through the window, this helps show the reader that Watson believes Holmes knew the type of dog just from its teeth marks, when really it's just because he can see the dog outside the window. 'The dog's jaw, as shown in the space between these marks, is too broad in my opinion to be a terrier and not broad enough for a mastiff. It may have been -yes, by jove it is a curly-haired spaniel' (page 11).

The language used by the characters is some what different to the language used by people today. They don't tend to use 'slang' and generally talk a lot posher. "Really Watson, you excel yourself" (Holmes to Watson - page 8, line 13) People now wouldn't talk like that. Holmes also talks as if he is sort of top dog around, Watson does talk posh, however he doesn't have the same was of speech as Holmes.

Conan Doyle also spends time in building tension and suspense by concentrating on the language of horror. In chapter two, he introduces us to the legend of the Baskervilles and the death of Sir Hugo. Doyle begins to set his tone for the reader by describing Hugo as a 'Wild profane godless man'. This tells us that he is beyond the help of good and open to
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