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Hound Of The Baskervilles

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Introduction

Explore how Conan Doyle's language in chapter 6 of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" creates tension and atmosphere. Deal with the description, Watson's narration and links to the rest of the novel. The book "The Hound of the Baskervilles" was written in the 1900s and is set in the 1880s by Conan Doyle who wrote the Sherlock Holmes story in a magazine called "The Strand". Because of this at the end of each instalment Conan Doyle would leave it on a cliff-hanger. The stories where always written as detective fiction and gothic horror which at the time people loved, especially the gothic horror. Chapter Six is en titled "Baskerville Hall", this tells us that Conan Doyle is switching from the urbanised London to the dark low populated countryside of Dartmoor. Also the title of Chapter Six reminds the reader of Chapter Two where the manuscript of the curse of the Baskervilles is explored when read by Holmes. This will cause tension for the reader, knowing that Watson, Dr Mortimer and Sir Henry are soon arriving at the place of the hound. Another way Conan Doyle creates tension is at the end of Chapter Five with Holmes saying "about sending you. ...read more.

Middle

A use of speech in Chapter Six heightens the tension, starts a red herring and also foreshadows future events. Apart of the speech is when Dr Mortimer cries "helloa" and "what is this?" which leads the reader into thinking what could be added to the story that hasn't already happened. Also "it's Selden, the Notting hill murderer." Causes the red herring and helps the reader into believing he or she has guessed the stories conclusion and that Selden is using the legend from Chapter Two to hide behind and to cover his tracks. But later on it is shown that Selden has been killed which makes the reader puzzled to who or what could be the murderer and makes the ending more surprising when the conclusion is revealed. Afterwards a sentence saying "grim suggestiveness of the barren waste, the chilling wind, and the darkling sky. Even Baskerville fell silent and pulled his overcoat more closely around him." By referring to Baskerville as almost a frightened broken man after earlier when he was described as a strong, bold, brave character which has now shed his masculine shell, revealing him to be open and as vulnerable as everyone else. ...read more.

Conclusion

Both of these examples cause a spooky, supernatural image to appear also the use of "the very dead of night" this being the time associated with the supernatural forces, and to finish the chapter of Conan Doyle leaves it on a cliff hanger of who is this women, why is she crying, this again helps make the reader buy the next issue of "The Strand". In conclusion, I believe that Conan Doyle uses language to support his novels story and help the read understand what's happening throughout Hound of the. This was very different from the other Sherlock Holmes stories because Holmes, who favours science, had to go up against the supernatural which is something that he firmly does not believe in. Throughout the book, science and the supernatural are forced to face each other in a clash of knowledge and facts vs. Beliefs and misunderstandings which at first glance one might have believed that the hound really is supernatural and from a different world. However, once Holmes and Watson start using the "observation and deduction" skills, together they soon find that the mystery was never supernatural at all and that science prevailed once again. ...read more.

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