Sherlock; Hound of the Baskervilles

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Do you believe in the supernatural? Do you take a more intellectual route? In the book The Hound of Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle shows how people can believe in the supernatural when they do not have the knowledge to know better. Depending on people's beliefs, they could imagine something as supernatural rather than using intellect to explain a situation. His book contains information and a series of events that may change your mind on the subject. Doyle uses the story and its characters to show different sides of beliefs. The character Sir Charles died of fright because of his superstitious beliefs. From the moment Sherlock hears the account of the curse, he believes it to be like a fictional children's story. Watson struggles throughout, deciding on what he believes to be true about the legend. He expresses both superstition, the lack of knowledge, and intellect, the knowledge of understanding. Every person has a chance to chose what they put their faith in, but it's how they act on their beliefs that defines them. At the start of Doyle's novel, Sir Charles Baskerville, the latest inhabitant of Baskerville Hall, is recently killed by a supernatural hound that has haunted his family. The curse is told of a "hell-hound" that would kill each member of the Baskerville family line along a moor at night. Before his death, he was reported as a superstitious man, immensely frightened by the curse. Dr. Mortimer, a close friend of Sir Charles, explains to Sherlock and Watson that Sir Charles was convinced that a dreadful fate overhung his family. "The idea of some ghastly presence constantly haunted him, and on more than one occasion he has asked me whether I had on my medical journeys at night ever seen any strange creature or heard the baying of a hound," (22). Sir Charles assumed the curse to be supernatural, believing in

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