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ENGLISH COURSEWORK: The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Conan Doyle is one of the most famous writers who really interested in the world of mystery or detective novel and story. And Sherlock Holmes, a brilliant character created by Conan Doyle is considered the father of what is known as the classic '' Golden Age'' of English murder mystery. The Hound of the Baskervilles is undoubtedly the finest of the Sherlock Holmes long stories. It's one of Conan Doyle's best works for its fantastic descriptive writing, covering themes of revenge, murder and mystery, set in both the busy London of the late 19th century and on Dartmoor in Devonshire. The moor itself plays a vital part in establishing the atmosphere of terror and suspense, within which Holmes and Watson battle to save the life of their client. The Hound of the Baskervilles opens with a mini mystery - Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson speculate on the identity of the owner of a walking stick that has been left in their office by an unknown visitor. Dr Watson shows his fabulous powers of observation, and we as the reader can see how Dr Watson's observation really make sense: '' I think that Dr Mortimer is a successful elderly medical man, well esteemed, since those who know him give him this mark of their appreciation " ; ''... ...read more.


I find that before the terrible event occurred several people had seen a creature upon the moor, which corresponds with his Baskervilles demon, and which could not possibly be any animal known to science. They all agreed that it was a huge creature, luminous, ghastly and spectral... ". Sir Conan Doyle takes the mystery of Sir Charles's death, which is not a natural death, and this not only affects only one person, but it affects the whole family fears, causing the people began to be frightened. Or in another words, the recent death of Sir Charles has rekindled suspicions and fears: " Mr Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound ". Also the places where Sir Charles had been killed, Yew Alley, had a strongly effective to the mystery of the legend of the Baskervilles. The Yew Alley described as a shadowy, grim place, with " two lines of old yew hedge, twelve feet high and impenetrable ". Get along with the stories, Conan Doyle uses two different ways to set the scene for the '' hellish hound '': the description of the Moor and the Hall, as well as the emotional setting surrounding the legend. ...read more.


Go back and never set foot on the moor again ". So, what's the real mystery here? The mood became heavier as Dr Watson clearly heard the sound of a woman crying, and for sure '' it was the crying from the deep sadness ": " ...then suddenly, in the very dead of the night, there come a sound to my ears, clear, resonant and unmistakable. It was the sob of a woman, the muffled, strangling gasp of one who in torn by an uncontrollable sorrow ". This further emotional part emphasized the sense of feeling of Conan Doyle along with the story, grabbing the audience's target of curiosity, it also suggest more mystery of the Baskervilles is going to come: " out of the dark, gloom of the moor that strange cry - a rising howl a sad woman " Conan Doyle had fantastically uses the language of masterful to set the opening scene of the story as the ''hellish atmosphere''. The story started a little slowly, but it does get exciting and many things do not make sense until later. However, the mystery of the hound has been solved, although it's quite strangely how the central character, Holmes is absent for nearly half the story. The Hound of the Baskervilles really keeps its audience thrilling with deaths and the appearances of the hound and unravelling of the mysteries. ...read more.

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