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Hound of the Baskervilles (Essay)

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Hound of the Baskervilles (Essay) In this essay I will be looking at some of the reasons why 'the Hound of the Baskervilles' was popular with Victorian readers. I will explain how cliff hangers worked and why the writers used them in most novels and chapters. There are many different themes n the story that was quite popular in the 1901's when the story was first published. A few of those themes were designed for the higher majority of Victorians, the themes of order and chaos together with the confusion of science and religion. In Arthur Conan Doyle's stories Sherlock Holmes is the main character and that particular character's appealed to a higher society in which crime was wrong and that the criminals should be punished. ...read more.

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So as gothic fiction was very popular then, it sold a lot of copies. There are lots of different types of gothic settings; we know this because of these quotes, "A half moon broke through the nights of racing clouds" and "A deathly silence lay upon the old house". Also other novels such as 'Dracula' and 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' are two examples of gothic fiction stories written in Victorian times which were just as popular as 'The Hound of The Baskervilles'. It was said that gothic fiction was used by authors to express the Victorians' fears and emotions; this could be a good reason why they liked gothic fiction so much. The novel uses images and ideas taken from gothic fiction so it can make it clearer to the reader and so they can visually picture what is happening in the story. ...read more.

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Cliff hangers worked so well when they first started to publish this novel because the sold each chapter in monthly installments in a magazine, so in order for people to keep buying the magazine they thought of leaving the end of chapters on a cliff hangers. Two examples of cliff hangers from The Hound of The Baskervilles are when, 'Dr Mortimer looked strangely at us for an instant, and his voice sank almost to a whisper as he answered, "Mr Holmes, they were the foot prints of a gigantic hound". At the end of chapter 2. At the end of chapter 11, it talks about how footsteps approached and a shadow fell across the opening of the hut. "It is a lovely evening, my dear Watson", said a well known voice. "I really think that you will be more comfortable outside than in". ?? ?? ?? ?? Richard Williamson English Essay ...read more.

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