Themes In The Hound Of The Baskervilles

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Fear is a natural human instinct, developed to keep people alive, but should a person let fear rule their life? Absolutely not. The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is a popular story based in the early 1900’s, where the Baskerville family that lives on a moor in England is plagued by a legend of a hound, associated with the death of multiple Baskervilles throughout the story. Detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson are put up to the task of catching the hound while simultaneously protecting the new owner of Baskerville Hall, Sir Henry Baskerville, after the previous owner was supposedly murdered by the hound. Because of this, the story’s theme, don’t be ruled by fear, is developed throughout the story using the characters, solving the problem, and causing the issue.
Firstly, the theme don’t be ruled by fear is developed in the story, is through the characters. For example, in the beginning of the story, Sir Henry Baskerville says, “There is no devil in hell, Mr. Holmes, and there is no man upon earth who can prevent me from going to the home,” (50). In this quote, Sir Henry is showing the theme because he is not letting the legend of the hound scare him. For centuries, ever since Hugo Baskerville was the first victim to the hound, the Baskervilles have lived in fear of it. So much so, that it caused the death of Sir Charles Baskerville, the previous owner of the hall. Additionally, it is shown through the characters is when Mr. Stapleton
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