Sherlock Holmes: The Hound Of The Baskerville

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Award-winning author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is especially famous for his Sherlock Holmes stories. In the novel Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles the author uses an articulate writing style to build up the tension and create an interesting and mysterious feeling. For example, he uses a typical gothic setting out in the country in comparison to the ordinariness of London, in order to accomplish the special feel to the story. In addition, his word choice is thoughtful and precise and makes the reader picture the scene in his or her head. Last but not least, also the time setting contributes to the mysterious atmosphere throughout the book.
One of the most important aspects of the interesting, mysterious aura in the book is how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle uses the contrast between the spooky, lonely countryside and the normality of the busy London to build up the tension. The novel starts in London, more to the point in 221b Baker Street. Watson and Holmes can enjoy the ordinariness of London’s busy streets while a strange murder is happening
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Holmes and Watson live in the nineteenth century in which crimes were feared and the story takes place in two different places. On the one hand, there is Baker Street in London and on the other, there is the dark, gloomy moor. More to the point, there is the thick fog that always seems to linger above the moor, which makes everything seem more bizarre and gloomy. Even by daylight, the moor is always surrounded by mystery, secrecy, and lots of undefined scary sounds: “[...] there rose suddenly out of the vast gloom of the moor that strange cry. [...] It came with the wind through the silence of the night, a long, deep mutter, then a rising howl, and then the sad moan in which it died away. [...] the whole air throbbing with it, strident, wild, and menacing.” (Page 134, Sherlock Holmes; The Hound of the