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The surrounding of the moor compliments the atmosphere of gloom and doom that permeates throughout the story; it would take away much to have the setting in a sunny, rolling field instead. Besides being essential to the mood, the moor also lends itself to the plot, providing sufficient hiding places for Holmes and the hound, and taking care of Stapleton.
Though perhaps not quite developed and clear enough to be considered a full symbol in the story, there is frequent mention of different metals. The best examples of this are tin and bronze mentioned in connection with Neolithic man, iron with Dr. Mortimer’s walking stick, and steel with Stapleton.
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
In book form-1902 (serialized in The Strand in 1901)
Meaning of the Title
Refers to the Baskerville family legend; a giant hound killed the evil Hugo and is said to continue dooming the line. Stapleton, a Baskerville, owns a hound, which he uses to kill Sir Charles and make an attempt to do likewise to Sir Henry. Thus it could also refer to Stapleton as the family hound.
England-London and Devonshire (Baskerville Hall, Merripit House, Coombe Tracey, and out on the moor, including Grimpen Mire and the Neolithic dwellings)
Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson
Stapleton (previously known as Rodger Baskerville and Vandeleur)
Grave (the characters’ attitudes) and dismal (the physical surroundings of the place)
Point of View
First person limited (all from Watson’s perspective)
It begins in London when Sir Henry receives the message warning him and has his boot stolen. When Holmes’s attempts at solving the case in London turn out to be dead-ends, they go out to the moor. Events there include meeting the neighbors, hearing the sound of the hound, the talks with Mrs. Lyons, the events surrounding the convict, and ends with Watson, Holmes, and Lestrade waiting for Sir Henry.
The first three chapters when Dr. Mortimer visits and lays out the situation. It is here that we learn about the legend, the mysterious death of Sir Charles, and the issue of the safety of the arriving heir.
When the hound appears out of the fog in pursuit of Sir Henry.
Holmes shoots the hound to death. They are unable to find Stapleton, who likely ended up in one of the bogs just off the path and, unable to free himself, died.
Solving a murder and preventing another (could be expanded to be protecting good from evil)
Corruption in pursuit of money and power, evilness and dehumanization (the convict’s savage appearance and death, Stapleton’s mistreatment of his wife and others), science/ crime (naturalist that murders, detective that observes world), family line (inheritance of physical and personality characteristics in Rodger Baskerville, obligation of Barrymores to Selden, neglect of daughter by Frankland)
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