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Hound of the baskervilles

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'A collection of stereotypical characters in stereotypical environments makes for a classic detective tale.' Debate this view of Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles. The environment used in The Hound of the Baskervilles is Dartmoor it is a traditionally eerie and mysterious place, it has been connected with many murders and it is almost the perfect location for a detective story. It is a stereotypical place with random fog, mist and unpredicted storms, if you pair this with the very old fashioned house in the middle of Dartmoor it makes for a great setting for a Sherlock Holmes novel. The house is described as grand with dark wood panels and cast iron dogs sitting by the fire place, this brings in the history of the house and because it was inherited by Sir Henry Baskerville from his father Charles it had some history that Henry might not know which makes it even more intriguing, after the initial loss of his father Henry went to visit his Baskerville Hall and he then found out about the old and eerie house. ...read more.

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When he was dying in 1677 his parish was surrounded by hounds (demonic dogs) who let off a horrible howling noise, another writer says that he was out and a pack of whisht hounds chased him across the moor till he dropped dead. This is closely related to the hound mentioned in the novel with a horrible howling noise that it brought fear to the all of the people who heard the beast. Conan Doyle's beast has "glowing red eyes" that show evil and judging by Theo Brown's recollection of the word 'hound' means demonic hounds and the red eyes show the demon inside a creature's body. Holmes is a stereotypical detective, typically he couldn't prove that Stapleton was the killer because both of the victims died running away from the hound but they weren't actually killed by the hound. This once again ties back in with the comments made by Theo Brown; the hounds don't actually kill the victim they run after them until they keel over and die. ...read more.

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I think he unleashes the dog on his "family" because he is jealous that he hasn't got anything out of Charles Baskerville's death. This novel also uses the idea of the lower classes committing the crime because they may need the money or in the case of Stapleton revenge. Stapleton isn't a lower class man but he isn't the wealthiest man alive, he wants revenge on the Baskervilles because he didn't receive any money from his father Charles. If we add these two points together we quickly become suspicious of all the lower class people in the novel and that the landscape is ideal for an unseen murder. For me all of the characters, landscapes and details are stereotypical to most detective novels and they have been carefully chosen to make a classic detective novel. Without these vital parts the story The Hound of the Baskervilles wouldn't be half what it is today. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework: The Hound of the Baskervilles ...read more.

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