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How do chapters one and two set in motion the rest of the novel Hound of the Baskervilles

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How do chapters one and two set in motion the rest of the novel? Sir Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh on 22nd May 1859. He was one of ten children, three of whom died in childhood. Arthur attended Hodder Preparatory School and then Stonyhurst College in Lancashire. After leaving school, Conan Doyle went to Edinburgh to study medicine. Here he met Dr Joseph Bell, who became the model for Sherlock Holmes and his methods. Conan Doyle's first stories were published while he was still a student. Sherlock Holmes made his fictional debut in 'A study in scarlet' in 1887 a year after the Jack the Ripper murders. At the very start of the book in Chapter One Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes are already looking at clues. Whilst Holmes is the leader of the investigation, he receives compliments of his skills from Watson although down talks Watson. For example, Sherlock says to Watson 'It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but you are a conductor of light'. ...read more.

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Also the hound had attacked before with sir Hugo Baskerville that shows an element of gothic horror into the story. Holmes doesn't believe this legend though as he believes that if he can't see any clues of some sort then he refuses to believe it. Holmes will not be taken in by myth. He says that the story is only worthy to 'a collector of fairytales'. Sir Conan Doyle uses a lot of descriptive words to show the 'gothic horror' as one of the aspects in the story. Words such as 'punishes sin', 'foul passions', 'wild, profane and godless man' and 'cruel humour' are only some examples of the literature that is picked out of Chapter two. I think that he is trying to set a picture in the reader's minds about the death that is to come and also that there maybe a delusional killer on the loose. The gothic horror part has a very important role in this novel because it shows the suspense, sets up the rest of the story and also keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. ...read more.

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Sir Conan Doyle shows the reader that Holmes relies on clues to solve the mystery. It also involves the reader by describing the clues and letting the reader think of a possibility of what the story has got to come. Sir Conan Doyle has a lot of techniques in chapters one and two, for example, he has a detective partnership, mystery, clues, an unsolved crime and also the gothic horror side to this story. I think that after reading chapters one and two it makes the reader want to find out what has happened and to see if their predictions about the end of the story are what they had expected. Sir Conan Doyle has made the first two chapters are a success I think because it makes you want to read on and gets you involved in the story. In the first two chapters he has successfully mixed horror and detective factors into the story and it makes you want to read on. ...read more.

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