The Hound Of The Baskervilles

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Throughout the years, the mystery genre has become increasingly popular. Many well-known detectives found in books have made it to the big screen. The popularity of the mystery genre has also brought the British Mystery Format to the big screen. The British Mystery Format, greatly influenced by Poe, Van Dine, and Knox, informs readers about the characteristics of a mystery before they even read it. Although, the rules are often times not followed when mysteries are written or recreated into other types of media. Disregarded or not, the British Mystery Format never fails to spark the interest of readers about mysterious crimes and educate them about the British culture.
Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is one of the most popular detective
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To start, the story follows the rule that there must be one detective, Sherlock Holmes is the only detective in the story. Secondly, the story also follows the rule that the detective himself, or one of the other investigators, should never turn out to be the culprit. The culprit is Mr. Stapleton, he purposely let his hound scare Charles Baskerville to death. Thirdly, the story follows the rule that the culprit must be determined by logical deduction. Sherlock Holmes used his deductive skills to figure out that Mr. Stapleton was behind the whole mystery. Fourthly, it also follows the rule that the detective must have a sidekick who does not conceal any thoughts that pass his mind and is slightly less intelligent than the average reader. Watson, Sherlock’s sidekick, is as active as Holmes in the story. To add, he always questions Holmes’s actions to further understand his ways of solving a mystery. Lastly, episode follows the rule that the method of murder, and the means of detecting, must be rational and scientific. Sherlock’s deductive reasoning skills for solving the mystery and the murder itself is both scientific and rational. Readers of the Hound of the Baskervilles also learn about British culture through the Conan Doyle’s phenomenal story. To start with, the moors in the …show more content…
To begin with, the tv show follows the rule that there must only be one detective. The only detective in the episode is Hercule Poirot. Secondly, it also follows the rule that there must be a corpse. The corpse is Mr. Davis. Thirdly, it follows the rule that the detective must have a sidekick who does not conceal any thoughts that pass his mind and is slightly less intelligent than the average reader. Hastings is Poirot’s sidekick who seldomly talks in the episode, but he constantly questions Poirot’s decisions. Fourthly, it follows the rule that the culprit must turn out to be a person who has played a more or less prominent part in the story. Mr. Simpson, the culprit, is only seen in a few scenes in the episode. Lastly, it follows the rule that the crime committed must be personal. The personal crime is committed by Mr. Simpson because he wanted the securities Mr. Davis was getting from the bank. Not only does The Adventure of the Clapham Cook follow a handful of the rules in the British Mystery Format, but it also teaches avid watchers of the series about British culture. To begin with, the episode depicts the division of social classes with the use of secretaires, butlers, maids, and cooks by wealthy people. There was a great depression in England

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