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Sherlock Holmes assignment Introduction "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and its hero Sherlock Holmes remain very popular over a hundred years. An investigation has been produced to show why this is so. Section 1 The Hound of the Baskervilles begins with Sherlock Holmes showing off his detective skills. He lets Dr. Watson construct who Dr. Mortimer is. Watson gives the reconstruction of Dr. Mortimer and Holmes thanks Watson for his reconstruction. Then Holmes himself has a look at the stick. He says to Watson that most of his conclusions were wrong, and then he shows his expertise because he rights all of the wrong conclusions Watson made. Holmes amazes the reader because he tells of lots of information about a man just from his walking stick. He even concludes what dog Dr. Mortimer has from the teeth marks on the walking stick. Holmes also estimates a right age for the owner of the walking stick. ...read more.


This is shown to be true when he speaks with a mischievous smile. And when Mortimer describes Holmes as the second best expert in Europe, Holmes gets angry and tries to disprove him by saying he's even worked for the biggest person in the world, the Pope. This shows the reader that Holmes is proud of his abilities. Section 3 Stapleton is a worthy opponent for Holmes for many reasons. He is clever because he uses a false identity. His real name is Baskerville, although this is not revealed until the end of the story. Also, Stapleton is an archaeologist and a naturalist. Stapleton is clever enough to use nature as a tool. He knows his way around the Grimpen Mire if he is exposed and needs to go into hiding. He also had the courage and intelligence to train the hound to cause death. Another reason for why Stapleton is a worthy opponent for Holmes is because when he is against Holmes, his intelligent and devious plans challenges Holmes and so it puts a doubt in your mind about who's going to come out on top. ...read more.


Holmes was like a good friend to a reader. This is backed by the fact that when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tried to kill his character off, the public didn't like this and Doyle received death threat warnings to keep Holmes alive. Another reason for why Holmes caught the reader's attention is because he amazes them. The fact that Holmes got all that information from just a man's walking stick baffles the reader. Also, in the late 1800's, Victorian people feared crime greatly and public hangings were common. At this time, an infamous murderer, Jack the Ripper, was loose on the streets of London. He ruthlessly murdered many prostitutes, often sending the police force body parts to show off his crime. Still, the police couldn't catch him. That's why many Victorians felt they weren't been protected by the police. So when Sherlock Holmes came, they (the Victorians) immediately fell for Holmes because they liked the fact that he cracked every case and defeated evil. The readers also liked Holmes because of the fact that he's always one step ahead of everyone else. ...read more.

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