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How does Conan Doyle use descriptions of settings, images and characters to build up the atmosphere in "the hound of the Baskervilles"?

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How does Conan Doyle use descriptions of settings, images and characters to build up the atmosphere in "the hound of the Baskervilles"? In this essay I will be exploring Conan Doyle's use of description on the settings, images and characters that build up the atmosphere and tension in the book. I will be looking to see effect that the description off atmosphere has upon the reader. Conan Doyle was born in 1859 and died in 1930.The hound of the Baskervilles was written in 1902 but was set before 1893 when he killed Sherlock Holmes off. He took a degree of medicine and based Holmes on his professor. He was interested in spirituality from an early age and later on, after his son was killed in World War 1, he became a spiritualist. ...read more.

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Mrs Barrymore finally explains that he was signalling to Seldon the escaped convict, and also her brother, to see if he was still on the moor so they could take him food. Sir henry then takes back his cross words to Barrymore and explains that he was under the impression that Barrymore was plotting against him. Watson is not quite sure of what he thinks of Stapleton, as he is not complementary in his descriptions all the time: "He gives the idea of hidden fires. He has a certain marked influence over her (referring to his 'sister') for I have seen her glance over at him as she talks as if seeking approbation for what she said." This shows how Watson is having doubt as to Stapleton's true character. ...read more.

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A cold wind swept down from it and set us shivering." This is showing the first impressions the moor makes on Watson and his companion. It also plays subtly on the plot of the curse of the Baskervilles, and also the sub plot of the murderer, Seldon, escaped from Princeton, hiding out on the moor. Conan Doyle has used much description in his book, of both the characters outer appearance and the inner personality, to help the readers gel with Watson and feel as if they're there with him on the moor, and understand the way he thinks and looks upon fellow inhabitants of the moor. In this section I will be looking at 5 characters in the book. These being: Sherlock Holmes, Sir Henry Baskerville, the Stapleton's and the Hound. Dr Watson will also be looked at, as he is the main character. ...read more.

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