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The Hound of the Baskervilles Essay Introduction Sherlock Holmes story, 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' was popular when published and still remains so today for a variety of reasons. Back in the Victorian period crimes stories were very well-liked by the general public. A police force had just been formed and many people didn't yet know how it worked. Crime was on the rise and it wasn't safe to walk alone on the streets at night. People were fearful of the streets but were also intrigued by the changes that were occurring before them. This is when characters such as Holmes began to appear. Holmes' character was innovative idea as few crime fiction stories about detectives had been written before. A detective like Holmes was rarely found and could be described as an exotic character to the Victorians. The stories about the new detectives satisfied the general public's curiosity about the police force and the Holmes series began its popular era. Now a days though we are much more familiar with detectives and how they work because of television, radio etc. but a story like The Hound of the Baskervilles still appeals to us. As well as the book being part of the ever popular crime fiction genre it also has many other aspects that make it such an exhilarating book. The way that Conan Doyle writes the book is very interesting to the reader. ...read more.


This gloomy atmosphere that is created by the house helps build up even more mystery and tension. Maybe it is a warning of what lies ahead and it is better left alone. Everything is so dark and gloomy and this very much affects everyone's moods in that they feel that way to. All the dark and gloom make it mysterious as well as it creates a tense atmosphere. You never quite know hat is going to happen in such a house in a deserted area. The reader is fearful for the characters that inhabit it. Characterisation Sherlock Holmes is an exceptional character as he had amazing intelligence and a mind that unravels mysteries that others couldn't. Holmes is a character that the readers would look up and they would want to emulate him in some way. The readers like him because they get a small insight into how a mind like his works. Aswell as giving them information that others characters wouldn't know of. He is also liked because he is an out of the ordinary person, he is an individual and he is unique in his methods of deduction. We create a picture of Holmes by his actions as there is little description of his physical appearance. We know that Holmes is very observant by the way that he picks things out. One example of this is when Holmes comes back to his base in the moor to find Watson waiting there. ...read more.


The book also had historical interest to the modern reader as they could learn about the way in which detectives worked in the Victorian era and how the crimes were solved with inadequate resources. Also the way in which the book is written is exhilarating for the reader. The build up of tension throughout the book is key to its success as it keeps the reader guessing what might happen next. The atmosphere of the moor especially is very eerie and helps build up an atmosphere of tension and anxiety often for the safety of the characters. The scenery is described to the greatest detail so we have a clear picture of the surroundings. This helps us imagine being in the characters position and makes us feel more involved. The characters again help the book as they are so introvert, unique and also believable. Watson helps the reader to understand the story and gives them an idea of what is going on from the point of view of a normal person. The reader can enjoy the book more because of Watson as they have a better understanding of the plot. Finally the story line is a masterful one and there are many twists and turns as it begins to unravel. The reader is always on the edge and doesn't know what to expect which creates an exciting read. The book would not be so popular with out such an innovative plot. All these points I have prepared show why the book is so popular whatever the era. By Peter Desborough ...read more.

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