Hound of the Baskervilles Response

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The Hound of The Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a suspenseful and smart mystery novel, staged in England. Similar to many other well written novels, The Hound of The Baskervilles constantly twists the plot by involving new characters and scenarios which keeps the reader focused. The reintroduction of Holmes about two-thirds of the way through the book rejuvenates the reader’s want to read. Many other Sherlock Holmes plots are simplified to two components: a setup for the mystery and a detailed description of Holmes using his highly-gifted detective powers to determine the culprit. The stories never really evolve into a complete mystery because Holmes is too brilliant for the reader’s good. We are far too engaged in his powers that we begin to think we can be as conclusive and detailed as he can in our own lives. This particular story, however, is far from predictable and consistently leaves the reader curious as to how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will finish the novel. We also see a much deeper character analysis with Dr. Watson. In other books, he is foreseen as the weak link to Holmes. He usually is there to fill in small, minor details or aid Holmes in his “dirty work.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle does an excellent job of changing Holmes’s perspective on Dr. Watson’s work. At the beginning of the story, Holmes oversees his viewpoint on a particular cane left in their office from the night before. Dr. Watson offers his theory of the walking stick, declaring that the inscription, “To James Mortimer, M.R.C.S., from his friends of the C.C.H.,” suggests that this cane belonged to an elderly doctor. Holmes encourages Watson’s speculation, and the doctor continues saying that the stick implies a country practitioner who walks a lot. Holmes congratulates Dr. Watson on his detailed speculation, but later contradicts it by stating that Dr. Watson was, in fact, completely
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