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How does conan doyle use setting in the hound of the baskervilles?

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HOW DOES CONAN DOYLE USE SETTING TO CREATE ATMOSPHERE IN'THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES?' The novel 'Hound of the Baskervilles' is a murder mystery novel based on an ancient legend of a ghostly dog that's haunting one family. It is thought to be something supernatural that gives the book a sinister atmosphere created well by the author. The book was published as a serial in 1901 and went on to be extremely successful. The author uses plenty of contrast in the description of the inside of Baskerville Hall, but it still comes across as sinister 'my word it isn't a very cheerful place' is Sir Henry's initial reaction to it. Conan Doyle creates atmosphere in the mansion by using objects 'The door clanged heavily behind us' clanging heavy doors gives the impression of a haunted mansion, and also shows that it is silent enough in the mansion to hear it loudly, another example of an object creating atmosphere 'numerous candles did something to remove the sombre impression' saying that the house is scary, but the decoration is uplifting. 'Long shadows trailed down the walls and hung like a black canopy' 'like a black canopy' is a simile, this use of imagery really adds to the effect of indirect eeriness. ...read more.

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The journey up to the mansion a number of scary encounters occur such as 'Trees shot their branches in a sombre tunnel above our heads' the word sombre means gloomy or dark so it is saying that it is dimly lit under the trees. The bad weathering outside the house is shown in descriptions like 'A ruin of black granite' this is saying that it is ancient as you associate ruins with ancient landmarks. Another example of Conan Doyle using weathering is 'Broken fringe of rocks' this says that they are broken, and as a result look unattractive and unwelcoming. Conan Doyle uses sounds to add effect such as 'A rustle of ivy on the wall' this shows that the wind is blowing, and ivy is a plant that consumes the house. The moor is what the story is mostly based around; it is portrayed as a sad, deserted place which is shown when Conan Doyle describes it as 'Grey, melancholy hill, with a strange jagged summit' grey is a bland, cold and sad colour, and melancholy means depressed. The author also describes it as 'Forbidding moor' this is threatening as not only is it scary as it is, forbidding makes it seem like they are not allowed there. ...read more.

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moor also has the mysterious and sinister grimpen mire in it makes it seem like it has a more supernatural side to it, the description 'Houses of these forgotten folk; with their graves and huge monoliths' shows that death is in the moor because of the gravestones and empty houses and also shows desertion. So all in all, the surroundings that the author chose for the novel has many elements that encourage fear in the reader; the open spaces, the fog on the moor, the time of day he uses for the events in the story for example; night and sunset are both associated with bad goings on. The reader immediately connects these times of day with frightening things. In the novel the author describes objects and the scenery in such a way that they are representative of fearful images. The setting is mostly scary throughout but not too obviously otherwise it would lessen the effect Conan Doyle has made which is of subtle horror, sometimes the scenery is described as pleasant to make you feel as though the place is not scary but a supernatural going on, like a haunting is happening. All of these factors contribute to the atmosphere that he greatly creates. ...read more.

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