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"How does Conan Doyle create suspense in the hound of the baskervilles"

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How does Conan Doyle create mystery and suspense in chapter 14 of the Hound of the Baskervilles? Conan Doyle writes the text I am studying and the novel is "The Hound of the Baskervilles" it is a story where a phantom hound is supposedly killing off members of the Baskerville bloodline. So Sir Henry calls upon Sherlock Holmes to investigate along with Watson and hopefully lay the myth to rest forever. In this essay I will describe the characters and look at how Conan Doyle creates suspense + a feeling of mystery in the text and how he describes the environment by using different language. In particular I will be looking at the language used in the sentences, as this is an important part as to how Conan Doyle creates suspense. ...read more.

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Conan Doyle makes you panic when he introduces the sea of fog gliding across the Grimpen Mire. This causes tension because if sir Henry does not get to them the hound will get him then when the hound leaps out of the fog with burning blue teeth it makes you jump up in your seat. This dissipates the tension and everything turns into adrenaline to kill the hound. You know something scary is going to happen when they cock there pistols ready to shoot what ever comes at them earthly or demonic. "Hist cried Holmes and I heard the sharp click of a cocking pistol" this shows that they are ready for anything and this builds tension because your eagerly anticipating whatever is going to come out of the fog. ...read more.

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Stapleton had obviously gone slightly mad in his desperate attempts to kill members of the Baskerville bloodline. In conclusion Conan Doyle creates tension by keeping his cards close to his chest up until the very last few moments and this is how he develops tension. Also by describing the scenes and introducing the sinister fog it makes the scene scarier. The tensest bit is when you are waiting for the hound after sir Henry has passed and there are a few heart pounding seconds waiting for the creature. I think that Conan Doyle's choice of language and the way he sets out the environment is how he creates tension and that this is why it is so tense in chapter 14 of the "Hound of the Baskervilles". ...read more.

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