Characteristics Of Characters In 'The Hound Of The Baskerville'

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1. author, title, year and topic

"The Hound of the Baskerville" was first published in 1901 in England. The novel is a detective story, with the main protagonists Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. It was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was a famous writer in the 20th Century. Doyle is commonly known for the characters he created. The names Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are known all around the world. At one point in his carrier Doyle was weary of his own character. He then wrote the last novel with his protagonist Sherlock Holmes and after this he even contested a seat in the British Parliament.

2. genre

"The Hound of the Baskerville" is a fictional novel with the subgenre mystery . A man named Dr. James Mortimer shows up at Holmes
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Sherlock Holmes: a detective who is the second protagonist of the novel next to Dr. John Watson. He is known for his intelligence and his ability to combine things very fast and accurate. Furthermore Holmes is known for being very interested in his crimes and being less interested in his clients or the victims of the crimes he is investigating. Nevertheless he always helps Watson if he is in trouble.
John Watson: the main protagonist of the novel as well as the narrator of it. He used to be a soldier but ended his carrier and joined the work of Sherlock Holmes as his assistant. Both of them are the protagonists of every Sherlock Holmes novel. Watson is sometimes used by Holmes to do the job on his own. In the end Holmes never let him do this because he always was behind Watson to look after him. Holmes and Watson do not say so themselves but they are very close
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He is the first person narrator. It is written like a diary entry by Watson. Some chapters resemble reports which Watson sends to London for Holmes because he wanted to come to Devonshire after Watson. So the novel contains two different types of writing styles.

7. language
The novel is written in casual language which was usual in the times the book was written. So the language is from the 20th Century. Considering that the vocabulary and speaking style from this time differs to the one we use right now, one could say Doyle used a normal language. The language has no real effect on the atmosphere. The only effect the language has is provided by the vocabulary. Every author knows which words he has to use when he wants to create, for example, a gloomy atmosphere.


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