Hound of the Baskervilles- Chapter 6

Hound of the Baskervilles- Chapter 6

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Hound of the Baskervilles: How does gothic horror build tension through the book

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a crime novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Originally serialized in the Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, it is set mainly on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country but the beginning is set in London. The novel has combined a traditional [pic]detective story genre with elements of a Gothic tale. The many clues of [pic]the detective case are made even more interesting by the possibility that a [pic]supernatural force could be at work in the form of the evil black hound. The traditional [pic]detective story is made up of a mysterious crime, and the detective, who must solve it. What makes a detective novel appealing is the development of clues that must be pursued, and the narrowing down of the possible suspects. [pic]The Hound of the Baskervilles is a perfect example of this genre. [pic]Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Watson, must attempt to solve the mystery of Sir Charles' death, and after being introduced to Sir Henry, the mystery deepens. As the story progresses from this point, it changes in mood and setting to resemble a gothic [pic]tale. The classic Gothic novel includes horror, the [pic]supernatural, and a dark and gloomy atmosphere, [pic]The Hound of the Baskervilles has all of the elements of a Gothic [pic]tale.

Author of hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, uses a great use of graphic visual language. He uses this skill to excite the reader’s emotions by using language such as “A great black beast”, “blazing eyes” and “dripping jaws”. All these are used by the author to provoke the reader’s emotion; it allows the reader to make their own visual image of the hound. This use of language is very commonly associated, with the use of imagery to create dark and gloomy feel. The quote “standing over Hugo, plucking his throat” is a good example, of how Doyle uses the word “plucking”, as de-humanisation, as...

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