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Show how Conan Doyle uses setting successfully in "The Hound of the Baskervilles" Conan Doyle started his career as a doctor. He opened a surgery but was not very successful as he didn't have many patients. He needed money so he began to write short stories. He invented Sherlock Holmes in 1888 who featured in his stories as a private detective who possessed unusual analytical skills. The detective genre used in his stories was perfect for the time as there was a great interest in puzzles and psychology. The growing interest in literature made it a great time to start writing. He manage to include all the major features of a good detective novel, including the brilliant criminal and even more brilliant detective, the victim, a mystery, clues which the reader could pick up on, and some that they couldn't or were puzzled by, a strange and complex crime, the eccentric character o the detective, and an ending were good prevails and evil is punished. Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles" was first published in Strand magazine in serial form, and later made into a book. This novel satisfied the key elements of a detective story. ...read more.

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In contrast their bedrooms were much more, lively and rich in colour and produced a more welcoming and positive atmosphere but we are immediately thrown into darkness again when the dining room is described as another long chamber. They felt they were being watched by the Elizabethan figures in the painting and again refers to smoke and gloom. All combined to create a very intimidating and menacing environment. Use of colour has been used to effect when describing the Dartmoor and this adds to the gentle but vivid atmosphere." brown earth had become ruddy, the brick had changed to granite, and red cows grazed in well hedged fields where the lush grass and more luxuriant vegetation spoke of richer, if damper climate." Green Square of field, grey boulders, yellow leaves, olive slopes, threads of gold, brown earth etc. "Over the green squares of fields and low curves of woods there rose in the distance a grey, melancholy hill, with a crane jagged summit, dim and vague in the distance, like some fantastic landscape in a dream" The landscape seems majestic but not imposing. It seems to be dreamy and unrealistic "some fantastic landscape in a dream." The landscape looks rough because of the "rough and jagged summit" It also seems to be quiet architectural as hinted by the shape of the wood. ...read more.

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The setting provides the reader with vital information about the social and historic background of the text. It can also give the reader an insight into the situation. The immediate signal to the reader the importance of the place and setting to this novel. "Setting" and "background" are rather in adequate terms of reference for what they describe, since they suggest something rather static or detached. The setting gives geographical and physical context to the event in the plot. Setting can also give a moral context to the event in the plot. For example, the contrast directly with the ordered, secure, moral world of 221B Bakers Street, London. Setting does not just indicate place, but also the condition associated with it, in particular the atmosphere and weather conditions. The weather then mirrors the mood of the characters. This is an example of the way setting can play an active part in a novel. It is quiet good to start a novel by setting it in a very sedate London because readers feel secure, which makes the impact of been thrown into the countryside stronger. Reader is caught unaware and trusted into the atmosphere of gloom. The book is structured by setting the conclusion in London, so that the atmosphere is stored to that of calm and tranquil state. Zaid Salaam 11p 07/05/2007 ...read more.

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