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Antony Holdsworth Thursday, 2 June 2005 The Hound Of The Baskervilles Coursework Introduction The Hound of the Baskervilles is a traumatic and adventurous story about a legend that comes with the birth right of the Baskerville family. The story both begins and ends with tragedy. The story firstly begins with the death of Sir Charles Baskerville and a cunning and eccentric detective. Sherlock Holmes is thought of as a highly mannered but stubborn man whom is willing to get to the bottom of any case. "Watson examines a mysterious cane left in the office by an unknown visitor, and Holmes sits with his facing his friend. Holmes asks Watson what he makes of it, and Watson declares that his friend must "have eyes in the back of [his] head," since he saw what he was doing. Holmes then admits that he saw Watson's reflection in the coffee service, providing to Watson and us that he is an astute observer." This shows that Mr Holmes is an honest man. As the story continues the reader finds that there is believed to be a curse within the Baskerville family. In this essay I am going to be looking into this story and pointing out ten key areas: Baskerville legend Death of sir Charles Arrivals at the Hall Views of the Locals Barrymore of the window Discovery of Sherlock Death of the convict Waiting for Sir Henry Attack on Sir Henry Death of Stapleton Sir Hugo, is described in the legend as "a wild propane and godless man." ...read more.

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"For ever since I have been here I have been conscious of shadows all around." These quotes show Mrs Stapleton believes in the legend of the Baskervilles by the way she is pleading for Dr Watson (thought to be Sir Henry) to leave the moor. "Last night, I was aroused by a stealthy step passing my room" Dr Watson is waken by a slight shuffle of feet just beyond his bedroom door, he is quick to act and finds Sir Henry who also herd this stealthy shuffle. The noise is Barrymore and he is sneaking around the Baskerville manner because he is trying to contact his wife's brother the convict and does not want to attract any attention. Dr Watson and Sir Henry follow Barrymore. "They found him crouching at the window, candle in his hand." in the room with the best view of the moor, "he stared out into the blackness of the moor." and "The light shone steadily, as if he were standing motionless.". "He must have been looking out for something or somebody upon the moor." Watson and Sir Henry are lead to believe he is signalling a mistress across the moor, but in fact is signalling the convict, but then Mrs Barranger is honest and tells Watson and Sir Henry the truth. "My unhappy brother is standing on the moor." Sir Henry and Watson rushed out upon the moor where they were only to come across the strangest and eerie sound. ...read more.

Conclusion

The beast found Sir Henry upon the moor. Holmes feels he has put Sir Henry's life in danger and he shows this by the way he runs after the beast, "never have I seen a man run as Holmes ran that night." The hound left Sir Henry unable to walk and his pain unbearable. "We helped him to a rock, where he sat shivering with face buried in his hands." "the fog lifted and we were guided by Mrs Stapleton through the bog." Mrs Stapleton gets to know Sir Henry in the time they spent together and he seemed to have won her over and this is proved by the way she lead's Watson and Sherlock to find her husband. "The Hound of The Baskerville" follows the traditional structure of a Victorian tale, with all the stereotypical characters, and all is resolved at the end of the novel. However, we do not know what happens to Stapleton in the end. We presume that he gets lost in the Grimpen mire and dies, but the author does not tell us what actually happens to him, to end the novel in suspense. This would be a change from the usual, so would entertain the Victorian audience. "Stapleton never reached that island refuge...sucked him in, this cold and cruel-hearted man is forever buried." It is as if the countryside is a character in its own right, the moor gave birth to Stapleton's scheme but it also took it away. The land is unsafe, walking alone is ainsane idea. "Holmes sank to his waist as he stepped from the path...had we not been there to drag him out he could never have set foot upon firm land again." ...read more.

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