Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles Essay

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Comment on the way Conan Doyle uses the character of Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Comment on the way Conan Doyle uses the character of Watson in “The
Hound of the Baskervilles.” You should comment on:

- What we know of Watson’s character

- The voice which Conan Doyle gives Watson to narrate the story.

- Why Watson is so important to the way the story works as an example of crime fiction.

Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his first Sherlock Holmes novel in 1887 after becoming interested in crime and detectives. The books were first written by Conan Doyle because he was interested in the genre.
However, when Conan Doyle became interested in spiritualism and mysticism later on in life, he killed off the famous
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In previous Sherlock Holmes novels, the amateur, yet amazing detective was the main character and Watson only a companion, but in the “Hound of the Baskervilles,” Watson is the main character. Watson is a very important character in not just this book, but all of the others because he is the story’s narrator. We, the reader see all of the goings-on through Watson eyes. This is very important because the reader is then on the same level as Watson, so we are forced to believe him, making the story tenser; whereas if we saw the story through Holmes’ eyes, we would solve the mystery immediately and would not be led elsewhere. Watson is also at the level of the reader, so he also gives opinions and his thoughts while narrating the story. This also displays how important Watson is, because, once again, if
Sherlock Holmes was the narrator, or the story was written in the third person, the reader would reach conclusions quickly, but with
Watson, his thoughts and opinions are not factual, so we get lost and think about what Watson has said, instead of trying to solve the mystery. Watson is definitely the lynchpin of the story because he not only narrates the novel, but gives opinions to