Essay on The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

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Arthur Conan Doyle - The Hound of The Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles - GCSE Coursework Essay

In this essay I aim to look at how the settings in Arthur Conan
Doyle's novel The Hound of The Baskervilles affect the atmosphere of the book. I will discuss a number of areas of the novel among these how the main settings of the novel compare and contrast with each other, The history, description and pre-knowledge of the main settings, The characters reactions to their surroundings and whether this give us any clues to the mystery and the minor settings that contribute to the atmosphere.

Holmes' London flat is like the essence of a Victorian gentleman's club, warm, with a fire and a comfortable reading chair on the
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Speaking of a particular spot on the moor Seldon says, "even in dry seasons it is a danger to cross it, but after these autumn rains it is an awful place". We then see a pony walk into the mire and drown, emphasizing how dangerous it is. To allude to the danger of Seldon's company his house is far out on the dangerous, desolate moor at the end of a long dirt track in the middle of nowhere.

To a certain extent our views are coloured by a popular conception of
Holmes' apartments as the refuge of the notorious detective and it is hard to try and read the book without preconception, However the conventional view of Holmes' flat is remarkably accurate to the little description provided in the book and so the feelings and language used to describe it is only heightened by this prior knowledge.

Baskerville Hall is a very feudal kind of name it conjures up an image of a giant rambling place in the middle of the country full of people in pink coats hunting foxes; this image is pretty similar to Sir Conan
Doyle's description of the place. A sense of foreboding is added to people's feelings about the hall when the story of evil Lord Hugo is told "Hugo...was a most wild, profane and godless man" this adds atmosphere to the description of the Hall every shadow in the corner and every flickering of a lamp
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