Analysis: The Hound Of The Baskervilles

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Imagine being chased in a forest by a vicious, bloodthirsty mutt. You are scared to death thinking it is hot on your trails. You take many precautions to protect yourself, just to learn that there was no dog in the first place.... What is really going on?
The answer is explained in The Hound of the Baskervilles, which is the third Sherlock Holmes novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Published in 1902, this story continues the adventures of the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. John Watson in an old version of London. Sherlock Holmes is an extremely brilliant man with a gift of noticing even the slightest details. Although he is a very talented man, his rational way of thinking makes him seem cold hearted and sometimes
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It is arguably one of the best Sherlock Holmes stories because of how engaging the novel is. The completely logical hero makes the reader wonder how a human being is able to notice even the tiniest of details. He makes the reader wonder if a human mind can really be that intelligent. (After I read the book, I actually tried going into my “mind palace” like what Holmes does to remember everything he thinks is useful). Sherlock teaches the reader that there are rarely any coincidences in the world we live in and that everything has some sort of solution. In the story, there are times where the reader starts to believe that something “supernatural” is going on, just to have Sherlock explain that it all has a rational explanation on the very next page. (Fun fact, Doyle was actually a spiritualist, which is ironic considering how Sherlock refuses to believe anything unless it is scientifically proven). Additionally, the story’s antagonist is clearly “driven by motives of power, wealth and prestige” (Gottschall 3). Although the story ends up with the “good guys” winning for another happy ending, it also shows that the world is not always as it seems. People who seem good can in reality be inhumane, and those who seem cold-hearted can actually be very caring. The novel either make people see the world as it really is, or believe that everything turns out …show more content…
Unfortunately, this book isn’t for everyone. It has a very old tone to it because of the Gothic-style mystery. This may bore some younger readers or just anyone who is not used to reading books from this era. Sherlock is also not as relatable as other heroes because of his immense knowledge and sociopathic ways. Additionally this book is “good for your mental health and your relationships with others” because it really makes the reader think and feel bad for the antagonist even if the character is horrible (Dovey 3). The bottom line is that The Hound of the Baskervilles is a very well written novel, with plenty of suspense and action to make a person want to read it over and over again. I highly recommend that a person should read this novel sometime during his or her life, just to get a taste of what a great detective story is like. Those who get extremely absorbed in the book, like me, will have their hearts racing throughout the story. It is such a hard book to put down for anyone who loves “the thrill of the chase”

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