Essay about The Hound Of The Baskervilles

987 Words Sep 19th, 2016 4 Pages
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 insane. Sherlock says, “the world is full of obvious things, which nobody by any chance ever observes” (Doyle). Seeing every little detail is easy for a man like Sherlock, and like he always says “when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” (Doyle). Dr. Watson is Holmes’s flat mate, assistant, and best friend. He is also an intelligent man, but is not as deductive as Sherlock Holmes himself. Furthermore, Sherlock states that Watson is one of few “people without possessing genius [but] have a remarkable power of stimulating it” (Doyle).
The story begins with Watson and Holmes trying to figure out who left a cane in their office. Sherlock comes to the conclusion that it was James…

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