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The Hound of the Baskervilles is a detective story written by Conan Doyle - How does he succesfully setting in this story?

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The Hound of the Baskervilles is a detective story written by Conan Doyle, and it stars the most famous fiction detective character, Sherlock Holmes. Detective novels feature a conflict and contest between law and order, which is symbolised by the detective, and unlawful and disorder, symbolised by the criminal. Justice usually prevails at the end of a detective story, when the detective works out who the criminal is, and captures him/her. This shows the reader that wrongdoing can be overcome, and reassures the reader morally, and socially, that they are safe. Conan Doyle's creation of Sherlock Holmes is very important to the Detective story genre. In many detective stories, they have copied Conan Doyle buy having; a brilliant detective with his not as intelligent sidekick, to assist his missions. The private detective is always a lot sharper than the slow-thinking policemen. The stories usually have red hearings, which lead he reader into thinking that they know whom the criminal reader, but are always wrong when the detective captures the true criminal. ...read more.


The three main settings in this novel are 221B Baker Street, the home of Sherlock Holmes, Baskerville Hall, and Dartmoor. I will be discussing how these settings are presented to readers, and what sort of atmosphere they uphold. I will be mainly concentrating on Baskerville Hall, and the countryside of Dartmoor. Mainly Dr Watson, who accompanied Henry Baskerville to his new home, describes the setting in this story. The introduction of Dartmoor was a positive one, "like some fantastic landscape in a dream", but later Watson contemplated the situation, and hinted menace to the reader, "forbidding moor", suggesting the moor may be sinister. He also mentioned it would be a "dangerous quest" if a venture occurred on the moor. When Henry Baskerville walked upon the moor, "soldierly men" with "rifles" glanced at them. The military soldiers suggest potential violence. This prepares the reader for further events in the play. Baskerville later on meets a "hard-faced gnarled" fellow. Hard-faced, and gnarled has connotations of menace, and therefore the atmosphere becomes menacing to the reader. ...read more.


Baskerville had travelled across Dartmoor, and now had an exterior view of Baskerville Hall. As he walked in he noticed the decaying gates made of granite. Granite has connotations of darkness, hard, and black, suggesting Baskerville has a dark decaying family. This is true, as he is the only Baskerville remaining. They later enter a tunnel, increasing the darkness of the atmosphere. "The house glimmered like a ghost", suggests the supernatural, and death. This is symbolic for the death of those who lived in the house. The descriptive words "dark veil", "dull light", and "black granite" all indicate the darkness and gloominess of Baskerville Hall. This raises a sinister, forbidding, and menacing atmosphere. Baskerville adds to the frightening atmosphere by saying "its enough to scare off a man". The walls of the rooms were made from age-blackened oak, which also suggests darkness, and adds to the menace of the atmosphere. Conan Doyle obviously intended the atmosphere of the book to be a menacing one, and he did an excellent job in my opinion. The excellent description of setting in his books is one of the reasons why his books are so popular. 1 ...read more.

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