Dr Watson As The Narrator Of The Hound Of The Baskervilles

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Analyse the use of Dr Watson as the narrator of The Hound of the Baskervilles

In this essay I am going to examine how Dr Watson is used as a
narrator during the story of "The Hound of the Baskervilles". I will
do this by talking about which character's personality is best suited,
their ability at detective work and comparing other points. The novel
was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was born in 1859. The book
was published around 1902 and sold many copies. Doyle did not want to
write any more stories but when the public started to crave another
story, he then went back on his word to write "The Hound Of The
Baskervilles", even though Holmes had been killed by his arch enemy Dr
Moriarty, by falling off a cliff. Arthur wrote his novels periodically
in "The Strand" on a monthly basis. This is the same as Charles
Dickens did.

In this novel, there are two protagonists, a Mr Sherlock Holmes and
his sidekick Dr Watson. They work together in partnership, just like
Batman and Robin. This is relevant because both of the duos are very
popular, work in the crime business and are well known. E.g. If
someone says Batman your instincts would tell you to say Robin and if
Sherlock Holmes is mentioned then Dr. Watson instantly jumps into your

Holmes and Watson are different in many ways, even though they are a

Watson is very sociable and friendly, while Holmes is independent. "I
confess, my dear fellow, that I am very much in your debt. He had
never said as much before, and I must admit that his words gave me
keen pleasure." This proves my point because it shows that Holmes is
not used to people helping him out. This is probably because he locks
himself away in his room smoking a pipe thinking about the crime, when
Watson goes to socialise. He also likes doing things on his own
merits, so when Watson helps he feels amazed and wants to owe him
something. Meanwhile Watson takes his compliment and is astonished
beyond belief.

Two other personality differences are that Holmes is arrogant. "It may
be that you are not yourself luminous." This says that Holmes is
arrogant because he is praising Watson but at the same time making
himself look bright and important. This also shows that Watson is not
as clever and helps the readers along with the story, because he asks
the same questions the audience would, making him down-to-earth and
likeable rather than someone to admire.

He becomes likeable because he is a solid and reliable character.
"Then my reports have all been wasted!" My voice trembled as I
recalled the pains and pride with which I had composed them. Holmes
took a bundle of papers from his pocket. "Here are your reports, my
dear fellow, and very well thumbed, I assure you. I made excellent
arrangements, and they area extraordinary difficult case." This shows
that Watson is a reliable character because he wrote to Holmes on a
regular basis and felt disappointed that his work had been a...

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