On the novel Hounds of the Baskervilles By Arthur Conan Doyle.
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The novel The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle brings many important issues to light. This story is about a man who is inheriting a very large estate, but then finds out that it is haunted by a spectral hound thank has caused grief and death to anyone who has been in possession of the Baskerville estate. The baronet, Sherlock Holmes and Watson try to figure out what is really behind this mystery in order to save Sir Henry’s life
One of the major themes that appeared in the novel while reading is Good vs. Evil. “With long bounds the huge black creature was leaping down the track…Then Holmes and I both fired together, and the creature gave a hideous howl” (The Hound of the Baskerville, Pages 111-112) This quote shows how the Good side fights against the evil side. The good side being Watson, Holmes and Sir Henry. While the bad side is the spectral hound. This is also a major theme in the novel Beowulf by Robert Nye. As the good hero Beowulf is against the bad monsters of the fen.
Two literary devices that I will be addressing which were used in this novel are that of conflict, and that of setting. Conflict is greatly used, due to the theme being Good vs. Evil… its very obvious that there will be conflict between the two sides. This is part of the quote used before, this part demonstrates the conflict between the two sides the best. “Then Holmes and I both fired together, and the creature gave a hideous howl” (The Hound of the Baskerville, Pages 112). This quote shows Watson and Sherlock Holmes fighting against the mysterious hound that is running across the moor, chasing Sir Henry.
The other literary technique that Arthur Conan Doyle incorporated in his novel is setting. There are various settings in the novel, each with a different theme to it. For example, the moor’s theme is scary, where evil dwells (such as the fen in the novel Beowulf), the Baskerville Hall is gloomy “The whole front was draped in ivy…from the high chimneys which rose from the steep, high-angled roof there sprang black column of smoke”(The Hound of the Baskervilles, Page 42) and their home at Baker Street is nice and warm.
All-in-all, I believe that the theme of Good vs. Evil goes very well with the literary devices of conflict and setting. Because when you have a theme of Good vs. Evil, there has to be conflict between the two sides, and the setting helps represent this as well. Together, they make a very good novel that is both thrilling and scary at the same time, to keep you at the edge of your seat.