Themes In The Hound Of The Baskervilles

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Sherlock Holmes and his detective companion, Dr. Watson, are solving another mystery in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, The Hound of the Baskerville’s. Holmes and Watson try to solve the mystery of the ghastly hound that haunts the Baskerville family, and bring the Baskervilles’ relief of the phantom hound. Throughout the story the author perfectly develops the theme of not being ruled by fear by the killing of Sir Charles and Selden also through the use of the deadly Grimpen Mire.
In the beginning Sir Charles was killed by his fear of the bloodthirsty hound that haunts him and his family. This is revealed while Dr. Mortimer is explaining to Holmes and Watson the circumstances of Sir Charles’s death. He tells them that, since he was a friend of Sir Charles, that Sir Charles had a weakening heart and his deathly fear of the Hound of the Baskervilles legend when Dr. Mortimer states, ‘“... Sir Charles’s nervous system was strained to the breaking point… so much so… nothing would induce him to go out upon the moor at night.”’(23). The Hound of the Baskerville’s has struck fear into the heart of Sir Charles, literally. Sir Charles’s extraordinary fear of the hound took over his mind so much so that he would never go near the moor of which the hound lingers, waiting for the next Baskerville to step out on the moor. Sir Charles’s fear and his deep-rooted heart problems all led up to his bloodless death, where the terror of the hound still lingered on his lifeless face.
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