Book Report And Reader Response: "The Hound Of The Baskervilles" By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Critics Three Requirements Fulfilled

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The Hound of the Baskervilles EssayThe Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a suspenseful mystery novel, staged in England during the Victorian Era. Robert Daley, a novelist who reviews books for the New York Times Book Review, states that a novel should entertain the reader, teach the reader, and emotionally involve the reader. In this novel, Doyle fulfills one of Daley's requirements by continuously entertaining the reader. Similar to many other well¬-written novels, The Hound of the Baskervilles keeps a reader interested by constantly twisting the plot and involving new characters. The reintroduction of Sherlock Holmes in the middle of the story created a new edge; it rejuvenated the reader's want to read on in the story. As unexpected as Holmes's reintroduction was, even more unexpected was the discovery of Jack and Beryl Stapleton's previous marriage. This discovery created not a plot twist, but a twist in the characters and their feelings as well. At last in the book came the biggest plot twist of all, Jack Stapleton's motive to kill. Stapleton's discovered relation as a Baskerville was so unknown that the reader experiences a personal shock, as do the characters in the book. A good novel such as this is very entertaining however it must also portray and teach you about the era from which it was written. In The Hound of the Baskervilles, many informative and accurate pieces of information were described. One area in which references were made pertained to fashion during the Victorian Era. In the book, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle mentioned the top hats that all wealthy, professional men wore. Another reference was made to the dress of wealthy and professional men when Holmes and Watson were examining the walking stick left behind by Dr. Mortimer towards the beginning of the story. Transportation was also mentioned in the novel many times. To arrive at the town of Devonshire, the nervous trio of Sir Henry, Watson, and Dr. Mortimer rode a train, which was referred to as a steam locomotive. Arriving at Devonshire, they then rode a classic horse and buggy to Baskerville Hall. However, the most popular form of transportation in the novel was a hansom cab. A hansom cab resembles a vehicle such as a carriage, but instead, the passengers sit low in front, and the driver stands behind them, directing the cab. Holmes and Watson continuously used this method of travel while in the busy streets of London. While The Hound of the Baskervilles provides each reader with a brilliant portrayal of the Victorian Era, it also gives a reader a sense of relationship to the characters, creating a feeling of involvement. Throughout the duration of my life I have met numerous people. A few particularly memorable people possess the qualities of loyalty, kindness, nosiness, stubbornness, pride, and an adventurous spirit. Certain characters from The Hound of the Baskervilles also possess these particular traits. My closest and best...

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