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How does Conan Doyle create tension and suspense in chapter 14 of "The Hound Of The Baskervilles?"

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How does Conan Doyle create tension and suspense in chapter 14 of "The Hound Of The Baskervilles?" "The Hound Of The Baskervilles" is an intricate crime detective novel, which is a part of the classic British detective genre. It is set in romantic landscapes surrounded by more land giving the tale the perfect setting for supernatural behaviour. In association with the required Victorian taste, justice prevails at the end of the novel where the detectives discover the true culprits of the crime showing the reader that wrong doings can be overcome as well as reassuring them morally and socially that they are safe. Chapter 14 is one of the most important chapters in the novel because all the unknown events finally become answered in a manner, which would be believable in the 18th century. In the climatic chapter Conan Doyle uses heavy atmosphere and mood to develop variable psychological effects from using devices like fear, shock, surprise or and unexpected twist in the plot from unsuspected occurrences. In this 18th century story, pathetic fallacy is used to accentuate the weather scenarios and environments, which is of the Victorian era, particularly at the time where ghostly mysterious tales were very popular. ...read more.

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But in the next instance Holmes had emptied five barons of his revolver into the creature's flank.' These quotes illustrate that even though Watson is good physically and mentally quite sharp, more so even than 'the little professor, Lestrade, but compared to Holmes he is inferior. Holmes is proven to be an amateur detective shown to us by the presence of Lestrade, the actual police officer who is there to make lawful arrest. 'Are you armed Lestrade?' The little detective smiled 'as long as I have my trouser, I have a hit pocket, and as long as I have a hit pocket I have something in it.' This statement can also be interpreted to be a very inappropriate joke and clashes with the serious detective genre. The use of melodramatic speech in chapter 14 is of such an extent that to the modern era it would be out of place but for the Victorian era, which it was written for, it seems intricately placed relating to the strong beliefs of the Victorians. Watson clearly describes the use of melodrama in the quotation, 'As her beautiful head fell upon her chest I saw the clear red weal of a whiplash across her neck' 'The brust!' ...read more.

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One of the most important senses known to man is sight. As there is lack of light on the moor the detectives result in using their hearing to its full extent. Their hearing seems to be amplified somewhat making any sound that is heard become an eerie one of danger and supernatural behaviour. In the beginning of the chapter there is very heavy fog, which creates a dismal yet mysterious atmosphere, it states the fog to be so heavy that it might have impaired their vision when they were tracking down the hound. The fog in this chapter plays a key part because it stands for the ignorance of the characters, and acts as an excuse to explain what they do not fully understand. To Holmes the fog is, "The one thing which could have disarranged my plans". As the story become less of a mystery when they find that they can explain the bizarre antics of the hound the fog dies out. 'Phosphorus. I said. 'A cunning preparation of it,' Holmes said. This quote explains, using scientific reasons, for the hound behaviour. All the questions have become answered and in the Victorian era, the much-appreciated use of scientific knowledge helped to resolve them, leaving the reader feeling at ease and satisfied. ...read more.

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