Symnbolism In The Hound Of The Baskerville By Arthur Conan

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Symbolism is when authors use items to signify certain ideas by giving them a meaning that is different from what it literally represents. Most authors use this literary device in their books, because it adds to the deepness of the book. Symbolism allows the author to give a deeper meaning to a concept. In the classic mystery, The Hound of the Baskerville by Arthur Conan Doyle, symbolism is utilized. The three items that Doyle applied symbolism to were the moor, the hound and Stapleton’s nets.
The moor is portrayed as darkness and eeriness. The moor is not a place that many people visit and explore, in fact most people are actually scared of it and tend to avoid it. Watson describes the moor when he says, “Over the green squares…like some fantastic landscape in a dream” (39). Here Doyle reveals that the moor is a place that gives people chills when they see it. He does this through the character Watson, because in this quote words with negative connotations such as “strange, gray and melancholy” are used to show how the moor looks. Doyle utilizes another dark and unsavory word when he writes, “If on that forbidding moor…that he would bravely share it” (39). This depicts that the moor looks threatening. It also shows that nothing good is ever thought to be associated with the moor. This is proven to be right because the moor is in fact the home of the horrifying hound.
Doyle uses the Hound to symbolize death. The beast is suspected to have killed many characters throughout the book, and it seems as though he is always around when someone gets murdered. Dr. Mortimer informed Holmes of evidence that he found near Sir Charles Baskerville’s body and according to him, “they were the footprints of a gigantic hound” (13). Dr. Mortimer clearly states that he saw footprints of a hound next to a body in this quote. This was not the only crime that the cold-blooded brute was linked with. Sherlock says that, “Uncle and nephew have been murdered—the one frightened to death by the very sight of the beast” (95-96). This tells...

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