Hound Of The Baskerville Research Paper

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In The Hound of the Baskervilles one of the most unforgettable and fascinating symbol is the title character, the hound, itself. When Doctor Mortimer reads Holmes the manuscript of the story of the Hound of Baskervilles, the readers are immediately hooked. The legend, through its dramatic language, narrates a story of family curse on the Baskervilles that started with Hugo Baskerville and his kidnapping and murder of an innocent girl which led to his death. The manuscript "forbear[s any Baskerville heir] from crossing the moor in those dark hours when the powers of evil are exalted"(Doyle 17). While Doctor Mortimer and Sir Charles Baskerville, the recently deceased Baskerville, may take the legend of the hound as reality, it is clearly a fabrication of Hugo Baskerville’s death. If anyone/anything is the real “hound” in this novel, it would most likely be Sherlock Holmes himself. Hounds are a breed of dogs that…show more content…
Watson emphasizes that the moor and mire are an unsettling location: “Life has become like that great Grimpen Mire, with little green patches everywhere into which one may sink and with no guide to point the track” (86). The moors depict how the people who live in the countryside are “stuck” in the past. Many of the villagers believe the legend of the Baskerville is true and a beastly hound is out there killing people. In one of his letters to Holmes, Watson writes “The longer one stays here the more does the spirit of the moor sink into one’s soul, its vastness, and also its grim charm” (105). The moor can be seen as a perfect visualization of sin. Stapleton is one of the only people who has found a safe way to cross the mire to collect his prized possessions of rare butterflies. “And yet I can find my way to the very heart of it and return alive” he boasts to Watson. In the end of the novel, the moor is the means by which he

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