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How do the features of the mystery genre engage the reader? ('The Hound of the Baskervilles')

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Introduction

How do the features of the mystery genre engage the reader? 'The Hound of the Baskervilles,' written by Arthur Conan Doyle, is based on a mysterious genre, it was published in 1902. In his book Arthur Conan Doyle has created imagery for his readers to gain a better understanding of the story. The character in his book became very popular in them days and are still known of today, such as Detective Sherlock Holmes. The way Arthur's deceptive writing and the use of language he used in this story creates the setting of suspense and tension. Back in the 1900's the novel was very popular with the people as in they could just draw a picture in their head of what was going on, this is down to Arthur's detailed writing. Not many people had televisions so a book was the next best thing. A feature of this mystery genre is a novel with lots of twists and turns. ...read more.

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In the novel the different settings have been described very well and gives the reader a good idea of what is going on. Another feature of this novel is stock characters which are stereotypical characters. An example of this is Sherlock Holmes himself who can be described as, 'He now took the stick from my hands and examined it for a few minutes with his eyes,' this shows us that what sort of detection he is doing and how he goes about it, this is also useful to the reader to learn about his techniques and follow what he is doing. The reader might enjoy this book because they feel like they are helping Sherlock as his sidekick. Another example of a stock character is the 'damsel is distress' who happens to be Mrs Stapleton. She is described as, 'Mrs Stapleton was darker than any brunette woman whom I ever seen in England, slim elegant and tall,' this describes Mrs Stapleton's appearance. ...read more.

Conclusion

The best part of any of novel is the ending and this is no exception as Mr Stapleton gets sucked in into the quicksand as described in this quotation, 'Somewhere in the heart of the Great Grimpen Mire, down in the foul slime of the huge morass which had sucked him in, this cold and cruel-hearted man is forever buried.' This is a very clever quotation which tells us what has happened and what sort of character Mr Stapleton is. This is very surprising for the reader as is does not tell the reader if Mr Stapleton survived or died. This is a very well thought of cliff hanger which frustrates the reader. I think this novel is a great for all types of readers, it really appeals to readers who like to think and solve mysteries. You never know what is going to happen next and I would recommend this book to everyone. ...read more.

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