The Hound Of The Baskervilles: A Character Analysis

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In the late 1880’s of Victorian England, one of the most iconic and well-known duo’s was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.Throughout his book, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson can be seen as two complete opposites. Their differences are revealed through the roles they play in the book, how they think, and how they change from the beginning to the end of the novel. Even through their hardships and disagreements, Watson and Holmes use their differences to make up the amazing team that we all know and love. These contrasts are what really make them truly an unstoppable team.

In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's book, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Mr. Sherlock Holmes can be found playing the egotistical, yet very intelligent
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As expected, Holmes thinks about the big ideas and clues that are very important to investigate and analyze. He not only does this, but he also looks a lot deeper into the mysteries he tries to solve. Though many small clues that he finds may be random and miscellaneous, Holmes understands the importance of looking at every little detail. For example, when Watson was writing his report to Holmes, he included information about how the Stapletons being former schoolmasters and their school being shut down. When Holmes read this, he didn’t look at is as some minor detail that needed no further thought, but as possible clue worth investigating. Later on, he explains to Watson how this minor detail led to a major discovery. He said that "Because he [Stapleton] so far forgot himself as to tell you a true piece of autobiography upon the occasion when he first met you, and I dare say he has many a time regretted it since. He was once a schoolmaster in the north of England. Now, there is no one more easy to trace than a schoolmaster. There are scholastic agencies by which one may identify any man who has been in the profession. A little investigation showed me that a school had come to grief under atrocious circumstances, and that the man who had owned it—the name was different—had disappeared with his wife." (185). Because of this information, …show more content…
While there certainly are many things that Holmes and Watson have in common, they are both still their own person with many different traits and behaviors. Holmes is a natural-born leader while Watson is a follower. One of them thinks ahead while the other thinks more in the moment. Holmes and Watson both change, but in completely different ways. Their differences in character type, way of thinking, and character development are what create the unique friendship between these two iconic characters and allow these detectives to make up one of the most archetypal crime-solving duos in the world of

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