Hound of the baskervilles Paper
The first description of Baskerville Hall is “fury of years of storm”; this sets a dark and dismal atmosphere. Storms seem to make everything dark and gloomy and sunlight seems to bring positive emotions. When it states “years” this shows that Baskerville Hall has not seen sunlight for a while, this suggests that the curse is still alive as Baskerville Hall is a dark, evil place. “Long, dark drive”, is the first statement when they arrive in Baskerville territory. This can be related to the case, as now the readers see it as long, as it is taking a while to solve, and dark because they are exploring the hound and the deaths.
“The house glimmered like a ghost”, this shows a scary atmosphere, as ghosts are philosophical scary creatures used to express death. When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle states, “ghost” he may be talking about the hound, as the reader does not know whether the hound is real. It too may be philosophical like the ghost. The atmosphere now is dark and evil as “dark” and “ghost” are both representative terms associated with evil. When young Baskerville states, “scare any man”, it shows how scary the hall is.
In the book Sherlock Holmes is seen to be different as he can pick out the smallest crucial bits of detail in seconds, for example when he was looking through the cup at Watson in chapter one. For Baskerville Hall to be deemed to ‘scare any man’ implies that Holmes himself would be scared. This would make the reader feel exposed to harm as Holmes gives the impression of being fearless. “Fading light” shows the final comparison, as they started off in the light countryside and now they arrive at Baskerville Hall where the light is disappearing.
This shows they are not safe. When they arrive at Baskerville Hall a voice states, “Welcome, Sir Henry! ” this is ironic as Sir Henry does not feel welcome, as Baskerville Hall appears to him as gloomy and uninviting. In chapter six, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle uses atmosphere to compare the countryside to the moor. Comparing the scenery and the mood, as when travelling it seems to the reader that the closer they get to Baskerville Hall the further they get from safety. Also the closer they get the less peaceful it gets, as the moor is described as “noisy” and “roaring”.
Also the light seems to disappear and in the countryside there were “rays of sun” but in the moor it states “fading light”. These many comparisons show that the passengers would rather be in the countryside. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle uses anthropomorphism to help the reader understand the emotions of the characters. Fading light represents Sherlock Holmes opinion on the case, as it seems to get more difficult. As the atmosphere gets worse through the chapter it leads the reader to believe that things will only get worse when arriving at Baskerville Hall.
As the atmosphere now is dark and gloomy, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle uses this to make the reader interested and read on. The reader needs to get to a safe place and is encouraged to read on hoping for a return to normality. In conclusion the general feeling toward Baskerville Hall is that it is evil, and this shows that evil deeds will befall the three passengers. As it states “difficult and dangerous”, this leads us to believe that the curse will take a while to solve. “Dangerous” shows us that there will be consequences and the evil tone suggests it will involve the hound.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle uses atmosphere to show true feelings of the area where Sherlock Holmes is situated. In chapter two Mortimer presents Holmes and Watson with a manuscript which the always observant Sherlock Holmes had already noticed and dated as 1730. The document shows the curse of Baskerville Hall, and reveals the terror of Baskerville Hall expressed by the atmosphere in chapter six. “At the time of the “Great Revolution,” Mortimer reads, Hugo Baskerville lorded over the Baskerville mansion in Devonshire.
Sex crazed and lecherous, the infamous Hugo became obsessed with a local yeoman’s daughter, whom he kidnapped one day. Trapped in an upstairs room, hearing the raucous drinking and carousing going on downstairs, the girl escaped with the help of an ivy-covered wall. She fled across the expansive moorlands outside. Enraged at finding that his captive escaped, Hugo made a deal with the devil and released his hounds in pursuit of the young girl. ” This explains to us why the curse was placed upon the family.