This essay will explain how Conan Doyle creates fear and tension inThe Hound of the Baskervilles, with particular reference.
How effectively does Conan Doyle create fear and tension in The Houndof the Baskervilles. Discuss with particular reference to chapters 6and 14
This essay will explain how Conan Doyle creates fear and tension inThe Hound of the Baskervilles, with particular reference to chapters 6and 14.
Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland.As a young man he seemed destined for a career in medicine. In 1876 heattended the University of Edinburgh Medical School. There he metJoseph Bell, whose deductive powers and dramatic flair he would laterembody in the character of Sherlock Holmes. In the early 1880s heserved as a medical officer on an Arctic whaling ship and ship’ssurgeon on a voyage to West Africa. By the summer of 1882, he hadsettled in the town of Southsea in the south of England. In 1885 hereceived his medical degree. Even after he was a well-establishedwriter, he continued to pursue his medical education, becoming an eyespecialist. His medical practice was unsuccessful, leaving him plentyof free time to write. His first story was “The Mystery of SarassaValley, The Hound of the Baskervilles was written in 1901.
The Hound of the Baskervilles opens with a mini mystery, SherlockHolmes and Dr. Watson speculate on the identity of the owner of a canethat has been left in their office by an unknown visitor. WatsonWowing Watson with his fabulous powers of observation, Holmes predictsthe appearance of James Mortimer, owner of the found object and aconvenient entree into the baffling curse of the Baskervilles.
Entering the office and unveiling an 18th century manuscript, Mortimerrecounts the myth of the lecherous Hugo Baskerville. Hugo captured andimprisoned a young country lass at his estate in Devonshire, only tofall victim to a marauding hound of hell as he pursued her along thelonesome moors late one night. Ever since, Mortimer reports, theBaskerville line has been plagued by a mysterious and supernaturalblack hound. The recent death of Sir Charles Baskerville has rekindledsuspicions and fears. The next of kin, the duo finds out, has arrivedin London to take up his post at Baskerville Hall, but he has alreadybeen intimidated by an anonymous note of warning and, strangelyenough, the theft of a shoe.
Agreeing to take the case, Holmes and Watson quickly discover that SirHenry Baskerville is being trailed in London by a mysterious beardedstranger, and they speculate as to whether the ghost is friend or not.