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Why does Doyle choose to use Watson to narrate The Hound of the Baskervilles instead of having Holmes do it himself?

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English Essay Why does Doyle choose to use Watson to narrate The Hound of the Baskervilles instead of having Holmes do it himself? What are the benefits and draw backs of doing it this way? The story of "The Hound Of the Baskervilles" begins with Dr. Mortimer telling Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson that he has discovered the body of Sir Charles Baskerville in the Grounds of his Devon home. Mortimer was aware of only one clue as to how Baskerville met his death: "the footprints of a gigantic hound". Dr. Watson is dispatched by Holmes to the desolate moor land of Devon. He learns about the ancient myth of the Baskerville hound. as he uncovers the evil fury that lay behind Baskerville's death, he comes perilously close to meeting his own. Although "The Hound Of The Baskervilles" is a Sherlock Holmes novel, Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the book, chooses to have Watson narrate the story in the first person. There are many reasons why he chooses to do this. ...read more.


Watson is a much easier character to relate to than Holmes is. Although Watson is not anywhere as capable at solving mysteries as Holmes is, without Watson, Holmes would be nothing. Watson is in many ways an essential character for Holmes to have, as Watson is his only real friend. Although many people admire and respect Holmes, none of them can really communicate with him, but they can with Watson. Watson is also much easier to relate to than Holmes is, because Holmes is so absorbed in his deduction. "I can still remember your complete indifference as to whether the sun moved round the earth or the earth round the sun.". It would be extremely difficult for Conan Doyle to have Holmes narrate the story, as he is too solitary and eccentric but Watson is a generally very accessible and natural character. Watson narrates all the other Sherlock Holmes novels, which may be the most obvious reason why Conan Doyle Chooses to have Watson narrate the "Hound of the Baskervilles", because it would be inconsistent to change the narrator of all the other books half way through the series. ...read more.


This means that when there is a clue to who the felon is or when there is a climax in the story there is much more of a shock. If Holmes were to narrate the story, there would not be such an element of surprise. There are however some drawbacks of doing this. We only get Watson's opinion on things and his perception of Holmes's character. We don't know what the other characters are feeling. In conclusion, the main reasons why Conan Doyle chooses to have Watson as the narrator are because Sherlock Holmes is too eccentric, solitary and unpredictable to narrate the story. It is important to preserve the mystique of Holmes's character. The character of Watson is far more humane and easier to relate to. Holmes is absent for too much of the story, therefore he cannot narrate what is going on. There would not be such an element of surprise or suspense. In general, it just makes a lot more sense if Watson narrates the story. Conan Doyle chooses to have Watson as the narrator because it provides the reader with a facility to solve the mystery. The benefits of having Watson narrate the story certainly outweigh the drawbacks. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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