In The Hound of the Baskervilles, various factors of Arthur Conan Doyle’s early life, popularity, perspective, and status were all expressed in multiple ways. Spiritualism played an crucial role in his life, greatly impacting his work, specifically “The Hound.” Additionally, his birthplace and upbringing, along with the time period, inveigled his writing. Furthermore, Doyle characterized the people in the story in along with real life scenarios.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had an interesting life, full of ups and downs, but regardless, he made himself a man worth remembering. Doyle was born on May 22nd in 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. This town had an eerie atmosphere, providing inspiration for the setting of The Hound. Additionally, Edinburgh has moors similar to those surrounding Baskerville Hall. As he grew up in the atmospheric city, he attended a Jesuit school. “Doyle began his writing career while at The University of Edinburgh, where he started medical studies in 1876” (“Arthur Conan Doyle”). He spent a vast majority of his childhood in his ominous hometown, therefore it greatly influenced the setting of The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Additionally, Doyle became fascinated with spiritualism. Many theorize that he became obsessed while he was grieving over his lost kin. (“Arthur Conan Doyle”). After World War I, he spiraled into depression after the deaths of his wife Louisa, his brother Innes, his two brother-in-laws, and his two nephews. He favored Christian Spiritualism, however he studied multiple branches of the religion. (“Arthur Conan Doyle”). Because he fascinated by different faiths and communication with the deceased, he was inspired to add various supernatural elements to his novels. In “The Hound of the Baskervilles” the main supernatural aspect of the story was the dreaded hound itself. He added this mystic character to the story as a result of the heavy role spiritualism played in his life.
In his writing, “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” Doyle used a multitude of important symbols. The first important symbol is the moors. The moors bring a dark, arcane atmosphere to the story. It radiates negative, dreary energy; a foreboding denotation. He added this detail to the story because he was influenced by his hometown of Edinburgh. The next symbol is the family portrait located in the newly-built Baskerville Hall, where the family Baskerville resided. This symbolizes past and present; the age of the picture versus the location of where the picture was found. The third, and perhaps most crucial, symbol was the hound itself. “A hound it was, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen. Fire burst from its open mouth, its eyes glowed with a smouldering glare, its muzzle and hackles and dewlap were outlined in flickering flame. Never in the delirious dream of a disordered brain could anything more savage, more appalling, more hellish be conceived than that dark...