• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Hound Of The Baskervilles "How Does the Author use Pathetic Fallacy in his Descriptions of the Settings and the Effects of this Open the Reader".

Extracts from this document...


English Higher Coursework-The Hound Of The Baskervilles "How Does the Author use Pathetic Fallacy in his Descriptions of the Settings and the Effects of this Open the Reader" Helen Allman The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is an excellent book, and is held up as one of the best mysteries in the literary world. Holmes, the well-known detective, is asked to investigate the death of Charles Baskerville, which many believe to be the work of the ferocious hound, a curse brought about by the misdeeds of Charles' ancestor, Hugo Baskerville. When Sir Henry inherits the estate, Holmes must solve the mystery before another Baskerville meets his end. This essay will analyse how Doyle uses pathetic fallacy in his descriptions of the settings and the effects of this upon the reader. This book is absolutely bursting with personifications, alliterations, metaphors and similes which all add to the drama and excitement which flows throughout. Doyle has a great use of language to help keep the reader interested and wanting to know more and more as the story gets more thrilling and intriguing as it progresses towards the end. ...read more.


Many believe that Doyle's use of language makes the reader use their imagination to such an extent that it creates a powerful image that would be very similar to that of any other reader. Such descriptive words make the story seem just that little bit more realistic and believable, i.e. ""What is that?" A long, low moan, indescribably sad, swept over the moor. It filled the whole air, and yet it was impossible to say whence it came. From a dull murmur it swelled into a deep roar, and then sank back into a melancholy, throbbing murmur once again. Stapleton looked at me with a curious expression in his face." Instead of Doyle saying, " a sound came across the moor" he uses such words as "indescribably sad", "swept over", "dull murmur", "swelled" and "melancholy" to add to the intensity of the story and to make the reader picture each part of the account clearly and precisely. "...A maze of fantastic tracery in wrought iron, with weather- bitten pillars on either side, blotched with lichens, and summounted by the boars' heads of the Baskervilles. The lodge was a ruin of black granite and bared ribs of rafters, but facing it was a new building, half constructed" This is ...read more.


This helps the reader understand not just the convict but also the moor more clearly and also provides as likable relationship between the two especially seeing as the convict has to make the moor his home and learn to survive along side it. The convict is not the only personality in this novel to have the characteristics of someone with a sinister mind. There is Stapleton, how in the end is revealed as the murderer, this man is freakily at home in the moor, which is somewhat unusual seeing how inhospitable it really is. This cold, callous man is somewhat devious and extremely mysterious, leaving most of his past well and truly in the past until it is cleverly uncovered by the excellence of Sherlock Holmes. This all relates to the moor, the moor is described as a very dangerous, daunting and deep place, this builds up suspense and atmosphere for the reader. It also seems that the moor has hidden secrets and depth of within the sinister, looming past. To conclude this is a very successful novel, and has become a classic murder mystery book. Doyle has wrote a long line of top selling books using many of the same methods to keep the reader engaged in the storyline. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle essays

  1. Hound Of The Baskervilles

    "Impassable" gives a sense of danger to the phrase and the harsh "ss" and "im" sounds suggest a strange, mysterious ambience. Harsh or difficult terrain occurs frequently in gothic novels and the descriptions set a mysterious and grim tone. This depressing atmosphere is also apparent in "The Hound of the

  2. The Hound of the Baskervilles Essay

    This adds to the intrigue created. In addition, the novel also describes how some of the women are ill treated. Beryl Stapleton is a victim of ill treatment by her husband, who is very controlling towards her. Stapleton convinces everyone that Beryl is his sister and not his wife.

  1. Sherlock Holmes Uses of Settings

    In "The Red-Headed League", Conan Doyle uses the setting to create an atmosphere of anticipation, apprehension and tension. This is at the end of the book when Holmes, Watson, Mr. Merryweather the Bank manager and Jones of Scotland Yard go to apprehend John Clay; a criminal that Holmes has pursued

  2. hound of the baskervilles

    'A tinge of melancholy lay upon the countryside.' This quotation evidences his use of description for the moor. He also uses powerful adjectives to describe certain features of the moor such as,' Jagged and sinister hills.' This quotation conjures a sense of coldness and makes the reader feel unwelcome to the sudden change of scenery.

  1. Sir arthur conan doyle atmosphere in hound of the baskervilles

    Comparing the scenery and the mood, as when travelling it seems to the reader that the closer they get to Baskerville Hall the further they get from safety. Also the closer they get the less peaceful it gets, as the moor is described as "noisy" and "roaring".

  2. Examine the characters and settings that the authors have used in each story.

    Arthur Conan Doyle also writes "Oh, my God! Helen! It was the band! The speckled band!" He uses speech and punctuation, and even more importantly he uses explanation marks, which add to the drama. By using explanation marks after nearly every word it makes everything seem so much more dramatic

  1. hound of baskervilles

    The opening line in chapter 2 is Dr James Mortimer saying "I have in my pocket a manuscript". This engages the reader as they want to know what the manuscript contains, but they are made to wait for several pages before the content of the manuscript is revealed.

  2. Why was Conan Doyle's "the hound of the Baskervilles" such a success in Victorian ...

    And there would be no need for these types of stories, as they just drag out the inevitable ending, when you find out who committed the crime. So in a way it is good that they only had the basic methods of solving crimes otherwise writers would have been hard pushed for a storyline.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work