“The Hound of the Baskervilles” demonstrated the differences between the upper class and the lower class and even between those people who were in the same class as each others at the end of the 19th century in England. Beside those differences, there were also some similarities between the two classes. In this essay, I will analyse how they are alike and different in some main aspects such as the belief in the curse, the relationship to the law, their mysterious actions, and especially the subjugation between people in the same class.
First, I’m going to talk about the belief in the curse. Without this idea, the book would have never published. In this story, those people who were in the lower class all believed in the curse, the greatest part were peasant. They were scared of the sacred hound. The legend about the dog obsessed them. Maybe it was because they had little knowledge so they believe in all the rumors. By the way, some of the upper class were believed in the curse somehow, but almost all of them did not. Of course, Sherlock Holmes, Dr.Watson, and some others did not believe it, but sir Henry. First he did not believe about it. He intended to find out all the dark behind the legend about the hound that haunted the Baskervilles. As time passed by, he progressively changed his mind. Another person from the upper class who was really scared of the hound was sir Charles. He was so superstitious and panic that he chose the way to leave Baskervilles Hall. But in the end, he died right after he saw the big hound; he died because of the heart attack, because of the fear of being haunted by the big hound. In other word, both the upper class and lower class had the same fear but with differrent viewpoints. While the lower class believed in the curse with no doubt, the upper class needed proofs so that they started changing their idea.
From my point of view, I think one of the biggest difference between the upper class and lower class was about the relationship to the law. Both the lower class and the upper class did bad things, both were criminal but in case of the lower class, the law seemed to be powerless. For example, sir Hugo from the upper class and the escaped convict, Selden, from the lower class. Even though they both were wicked and criminal, no one had done anything to her Hugo but Selden, he had to hide himself. Why? Of course, they lived in different century but it did not matter indeed! Every society have law and people have to follow those rules. They were from different classes but they are both humans. Where was the human right? It was totally unjustified.
On other hand, both of the two classes had mysterious actions. From the upper class to the lower class, from the Stapletons to the Barrymores. They both had...