The Hound Of The Baskervilles by Conan DoyleConan Doyle is best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes and hissidekick Dr Watson. His stories about mysterious detection stories arestill being read all over the world.
Arther Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. He spent a year inAustria before taking a degree in medicine. He later drew on themethod of diagnosis for the basis for Sherlock Holmes’s own deductivemethods and ‘Elementary’ approach to solving mysteries. His work wasso 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 outabout some sort of detection to show how good the characters actuallyare at it, but also about the mysterious detection involved. So itcould start very mysterious and scary as if it’s building up tosomething. Although in ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ it does not startlike this. It begins by introducing the two main characters to thestory. “Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings,save upon those frequent occasions when he stayed up all night, wasseated at the breakfast table” This makes the reader wander whatHolmes does when he stays up at night.
The main detectives are ‘Holmes and Watson’ we learn that they have akind of teacher and pupil relationship. Holmes is a person who alwaysthinks he’s right and has very strong opinions. Watson however is thetype of person who knows he is right but doesn’t speak up about it toHolmes, just to give him the glory and give him confidence; giving offthe impression Holmes is a far better detec…
… said there were no traces upon the ground aroundthe body. He did not observe any, but Mortimer did, some littledistance off, but fresh and clear. From this Holmes assumes that theyare 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 beenkeeping a secret as he didn’t want people thinking he was mad andbelieved in such a story.
In conclusion, chapters 1 and 2 help to set the novel in motion byexplaining the main core of the story and introducing the maincharacters. It explains the curse of the family and tells a lot aboutthe characters and the hound. It includes a lot of mysterious things,especially at the end of chapter 2 where it reveals that Dr Mortimerbelieves there really is a hound.