The Hound of the Baskervilles - Women of the 18th Century Essay
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The Hound of the Baskervilles - Women of the 18th Century
The Hound of the Baskervilles is the tale of a mythical beast which is said to haunt the Baskerville family. The story centers around Dr. Watson, who is sent out by Sherlock Holmes to the Baskerville manor to uncover clues. Throughout the story, Arthur Conan Doyle depicts the dominant male figure of the 18th century, in which evil and wicked men were able to manipulate women. They were often used as tools to assist in their evil ploys or for sex, and were treated poorly and unequally.
At the opening of this novel we meet Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes, whom has an unexpected visitor by the name of Dr. Mortimer, who introduces the detectives to a puzzling mystery of Baskerville…show more content…
He is really a wolf in sheep’s clothing, seemingly harmless, but actually evil and bloodthirsty, stopping at nothing to achieve his goal of claiming the Baskerville fortune. In an attempt to murder Sir Charles, Stapleton pretends to be a single, lonely man, falling in love with Mrs. Laura Lyons, a friend of Sir Charles. He therefore acquires complete influence over Lyons, who is at his beck and call, and therefore lures out Sir Charles to be killed by an enormous hound, although this was completely unknown to Lyons, showing that men were seemingly hiding things from women.
After this had been discovered, Sherlock Holmes and Watson set out to kill the hound that was to be released upon Sir Henry Baskerville. They were able to kill the beast and then set out to the Stapleton home in an attempt to find Stapleton. They did not find Stapleton, but instead they were amazed at what they found instead. It was Stapleton’s sister, tied up to a pole in the middle of the room and bound with cloth. Dr. Watson depicts men’s savagery and brutality towards woman in which “As her beautiful head fell upon her chest I saw the clear read weal of whiplash across her neck” She explains how she is actually Stapleton’s wife and had been used for Stapleton’s evil deeds. We can see this in which she says “ But now I know that in this also I have been his dupe and tool” where she has been used and abused.
Throughout this story, not all men are as