The Hound Of The Baskervilles by Conan Doyle
Conan Doyle is best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes and his
sidekick Dr Watson. His stories about mysterious detection stories are
still being read all over the world.
Arther Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. He spent a year in
Austria before taking a degree in medicine. He later drew on the
method of diagnosis for the basis for Sherlock Holmes's own deductive
methods and 'Elementary' approach to solving mysteries. His work was
so popular because at that time detection was rising.
How do chapters 1 and 2 set in motion the rest of the novel?
At the start of a detective story, readers would expect to find out
about some sort of detection to show how good the characters actually
are at it, but also about the mysterious detection involved. So it
could start very mysterious and scary as if it's building up to
something. Although in 'Hound of the Baskervilles' it does not start
like this. It begins by introducing the two main characters to the
story. "Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings,
save upon those frequent occasions when he stayed up all night, was
seated at the breakfast table" This makes the reader wander what
Holmes does when he stays up at night.
The main detectives are 'Holmes and Watson' we learn that they have a
kind of teacher and pupil relationship. Holmes is a person who always
thinks he's right and has very strong opinions. Watson however is the
type of person who knows he is right but doesn't speak up about it to
Holmes, just to give him the glory and give him confidence; giving off
the impression Holmes is a far better detective. Holmes thinks he's
special, and looks down at Watson. His skills are revealed -
especially on page 9 because the walking stick initials are C.C.H
'Charing Cross Hospital' Where Dr Mortimer used to work. Also Holmes
points out the teeth marks on the stick, although he only knows what
dog they're from because he seems the dog through the window, this
helps show the reader that Watson believes Holmes knew the type of dog
just from its teeth marks, when really it's just because he can see
the dog outside the window. 'The dog's jaw, as shown in the space
between these marks, is too broad in my opinion to be a terrier and
not broad enough for a mastiff. It may have been -yes, by jove it is a
curly-haired spaniel' (page 11).
The language used by the characters is some what different to the
language used by people today. They don't tend to use 'slang' and
generally talk a lot posher. "Really Watson, you excel yourself"
(Holmes to Watson - page 8, line 13) People now wouldn't talk like
that. Holmes also talks as if he is sort of top dog around, Watson
does talk posh, however he doesn't have the same was of speech as
Conan Doyle also...