Historical and Literary Analysis Literature Analysis Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories are not seen as the greatest literary works of all time.
Plot[ edit ] Dr. Sir Charles was found dead on the grounds of his Devonshire estate, Baskerville Hall. The death was attributed to a heart attack, but Mortimer is suspicious, because Sir Charles died with an expression of horror on his face, and Mortimer noticed "the footprints of a gigantic hound" about 50 yards from where Sir Charles lay dead.
The Baskerville family has supposedly been under a curse since the era of the English Civil War when ancestor Hugo Baskerville allegedly offered his soul to the devil for help in abducting a woman and was reportedly killed by a giant spectral hound. Sir Charles believed in the curse and was apparently fleeing from something in fright when he died.
Intrigued, Holmes meets with Sir Henry, newly arrived from Canada. Sir Henry has received an anonymous note, cut and pasted from newsprint, warning him away from the Baskerville moors, and one of his new boots is inexplicably missing from his London hotel room.
The Baskerville family is discussed: Sir Charles was the eldest of three brothers; the youngest, black sheep Rodger, is believed to have died childless in South America, while Sir Henry is the only child of the middle brother.
Sir Henry plans to move into Baskerville Hall, despite the ominous warning message. Mortimer tells them that Mr Barrymore, the butler at Baskerville Hall, has a beard like the one on the stranger.
Holmes, now even more interested in the Baskerville affair but held up with other cases, dispatches Watson to accompany Sir Henry to Baskerville Hall with instructions to send him frequent reports about the house, grounds, and neighbours.
Upon arrival at the grand but austere Baskerville estate, Watson and Sir Henry learn that an escaped murderer named Selden is believed to be in the area. Barrymore and his wife, who also works at Baskerville Hall, wish to leave the estate soon. Watson hears a woman crying in the night; it is obvious to him that it was Mrs Barrymore, but her husband denies it.
Watson can find no proof that Barrymore was in Devon on the day of the chase in London. He meets a brother and sister who live nearby: Mr Stapleton, a naturalist, and the beautiful Miss Stapleton.
When an animal sound is heard, Stapleton is quick to dismiss it as unrelated to the legendary hound. When her brother is out of earshot, Miss Stapleton mistakes Watson for Sir Henry and warns him to leave.
Sir Henry Baskerville Barrymore arouses further suspicion when Watson and Sir Henry catch him at night with a candle in an empty room. Barrymore refuses to answer their questions, but Mrs.
Barrymore confesses that Selden is her brother, and her husband is signalling that they have left supplies for him. Watson and Sir Henry pursue Selden on the moor, but he eludes them, while Watson notices another man on a nearby tor. After an agreement is reached to allow Selden to flee the country, Barrymore reveals the contents of an incompletely burnt letter asking Sir Charles to be at the gate at the time of his death.
It was signed with the initials L. Watson tracks the second man he saw in the area and discovers it to be Holmes, investigating independently in hopes of a faster resolution. Holmes reveals further information: Stapleton is actually married to the supposed Miss Stapleton, and he promised marriage to Laura Lyons to get her cooperation.
They hear a scream and discover the body of Selden, dead from a fall. They initially mistake him for Sir Henry, whose old clothes he was wearing.
He realises that Stapleton could be an unknown Baskerville family member, seeking to claim the Baskerville wealth by eliminating his relatives. They rescue him from a hound that Stapleton releases while Sir Henry is walking home across the moor. Shooting the animal dead in the struggle, Sherlock reveals that it was a perfectly mortal dog - a mix of bloodhound and mastiffpainted with phosphorus to give it a hellish appearance.
They find Miss Stapleton bound and gagged inside the house, while Stapleton apparently dies in an attempt to reach his hideout in a nearby mine located at the heart of the Grimpen Mire.
Weeks later, Holmes provides Watson with additional details about the case. His now-widow is a South American woman, the former Beryl Garcia. He supported himself through crime for many years, before learning that he could inherit a fortune by murdering his uncle and cousin.
It is thought this house may have provided Conan Doyle with the inspiration for The Hound of the Baskervilles The ruins of Fowelscombe House, viewed ina possible model for Baskerville Hall Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote this story shortly after returning to his home Undershaw from South Africa, where he had worked as a volunteer physician at the Langman Field Hospital in Bloemfontein at the time of the Second Boer War.Literary Text: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Day 1: Observation Skills Strategy and Background on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes mysteries (England, detective stories, etc.).
The Hound of the Baskervilles study guide contains a biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
This causes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s writing to be more immersive and more fun than other authors. Historical Analysis Doyle’s characters were a huge cross section of British social classes at the time; this gave readers something to relate to when looking at his works.
The Hound of the Baskervilles opens with a mini mystery—Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson speculate on the identity of the owner of a cane that has been left in their office by an unknown visitor. Wowing Watson with his fabulous powers of observation, Holmes predicts the appearance of James Mortimer.
Suspense in Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles Words | 11 Pages. Suspense in Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles When Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle was writing The Hound of the Baskervilles it was the era of Queen Victoria.
He used Victorian England for the setting because it increased tension. The Hound of the Baskervilles gives us the impression that the city of London is basically sitting in the palm of Sherlock Holmes' hand.
In London, Holmes has Cartwright, the admiring messenger kid Watson is our first-person narrator. He reports everything that Holmes does from his point of view.