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The Hound of the Baskervilles - How do chapters 1 and 2 set in motion the rest of the novel?

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Introduction

0. Arther Conan Doyle Conan Doyle is best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr Watson. His stories about mysterious detection stories are still being read all over the world. Arther Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. He spent a year in Austria before taking a degree in medicine. He later drew on the method of diagnosis for the basis for Sherlock Holmes's own deductive methods and 'Elementary' approach to solving mysteries. His work was so popular because at that time detection was rising. How do chapters 1 and 2 set in motion the rest of the novel? At the start of a detective story, readers would expect to find out about some sort of detection to show how good the characters actually are at it, but also about the mysterious detection involved. So it could start very mysterious and scary as if it's building up to something. Although in 'Hound of the Baskervilles' it does not start like this. It begins by introducing the two main characters to the story. ...read more.

Middle

People now wouldn't talk like that. Holmes also talks as if he is sort of top dog around, Watson does talk posh, however he doesn't have the same was of speech as Holmes. Conan Doyle also spends time in building tension and suspense by concentrating on the language of horror. In chapter two, he introduces us to the legend of the Baskervilles and the death of Sir Hugo. Doyle begins to set his tone for the reader by describing Hugo as a 'Wild profane godless man'. This tells us that he is beyond the help of good and open to the forces of evil. As readers, therefore we are not surprised by this treatment of 'maiden' in the legend. Hugo is lusting after the young girl and 'would that very night render his body and soul the Powers of Evil'. As Sir Hugo and "the revelers" chase across, there are "thirteen in number" an amount which has an unlucky significants. There are lots of single nouns and adjectives which overtones of alarm about them. ...read more.

Conclusion

He was so shocked and terrified this caused him to have a heart attack. Chapter 2 ends with Dr Mortimer explaining the strange circumstances of Sir Charles' death, and how Barrymore, the butler found Sir Charles' body and how when he got to the moor-gate there was a change given in footprints- there were no other footsteps except those of Barrymore. Barrymore said there were no traces upon the ground around the body. He did not observe any, but Mortimer did, some little distance off, but fresh and clear. From this Holmes assumes that they are human footprints, but Mortimer soon puts him right that they were 'footsteps of a gigantic hound.' This is dramatic because the last bit of information Mortimer had been keeping a secret as he didn't want people thinking he was mad and believed in such a story. In conclusion, chapters 1 and 2 help to set the novel in motion by explaining the main core of the story and introducing the main characters. It explains the curse of the family and tells a lot about the characters and the hound. It includes a lot of mysterious things, especially at the end of chapter 2 where it reveals that Dr Mortimer believes there really is a hound. ...read more.

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