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The Hound of the Baskervilles

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The Hound of the Baskervilles At the start of the story the setting is described through the legend of Sir Hugo Baskerville. Sir Hugo is described in the legend as a "wild, profane and godless man" This suggests that his inhumanity and "evil" make him a potentially viable enemy who will stop at nothing. It is Sir Hugo that sets the tone for the setting. Sir Hugo uses his power and Baskerville Hall as a prison for the young girl. She manages to escape by "the aid of the growth of ivy which covered the south wall." The ivy indicated the age and wildness of the hall and its setting. The "moon" is "shining bright" and the act "which was liked to be done" on the moor adds to the sense of danger and isolation that we, as readers, encounter at the start of this tale. As grown men leave the impression of "screaming" and fear being associated with the moor, we are going to be given one final warning, "caution you to forbear from crossing the moor in those dark hours when the powers of evil are exalted" which tells us that this setting is both dangerous and a potential trap for those who dare to live there. We also learn about the death of Sir Charles. ...read more.

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set us shivering" and "chilling wind, and darkening sky... even Baskerville fell silent. Again you get the feeling that Baskerville Hall is the only safe place on the moor, but at night it becomes corrupted by the legend of the hound, "As Henry and I sat at breakfast the sunlight flooded in...it was hard to realise that this was indeed the chamber which had struck such a gloom into our souls upon the evening before," and "long shadows trailed down the walls." The locals also add to the setting of the story. The Stapletons both tell Watson their views, and they enhance the mystery of the setting and the environment, as they both have contrasting views. Watson is told very different things. Mr Stapleton says "It's a wonderful place, the moor" but then this is countered by Ms Stapleton "it is a place of danger." At the beginning of this story these mysterious views give a feeling of foreboding and danger, as it seems as if the moor tricks and deceives the people who live there, and after they live there for long enough it swallows them up and corrupts them, hence Mr Stapleton. Mr Stapleton does not dismiss the legend of the hound, but he appears sceptical about it "any number of them are ready to swear that they have seen such a creature upon the moor" However, although Ms Stapleton does not directly ...read more.

Conclusion

Mrs Barrymore says it is his mistress, but this just intensifies the mystery as neither Watson nor Sir Henry appear to believe her, "he must have been looking for something or somebody upon the moor." This quote shows that the moor has even more secrets and it emphasises the atmosphere of mystery and suspicion that the moor beholds. The moor is both a hiding place, for Seldon, and a refuge for Sherlock. Watson makes it his mission to find out who the man on the tor was. Watson says that "there was this feeling of an unseen force" out upon the moor, and because he is supposed to be acting as Sherlock's eyes and ears, he is compelled to find out who or what this "unseen force" is. Watson goes up onto the tor which he describes as a "barren scene" and there he feels a "sense of loneliness and mystery and urgency." Watson feels as if "the unknown might be lurking there," and when Sherlock is discovered he reveals that the "figure of a man upon the tor" that Watson had seen upon the night of the convict hunt had indeed been Sherlock, when he admits "I was so imprudent as to allow the moon to rise behind me." Because the unknown figure turns out to be Sherlock the mystery of the Barrymore at the window remains unsolved and the moor is still a place full of secrets and unanswered questions. ...read more.

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