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How in His Description of the Journey to and Arrival at Baskerville Hall Does Arthur Conan Doyle Build Up the Ideas of Mystery and Menace on Which the Story Rests?

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How in his description of the journey to and arrival at Baskerville Hall does Arthur Conan Doyle build up the ideas of mystery and menace on which the story rests?
Enhance you answer through comparison with other texts in the gothic genre.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a detective story, from the detective genre, but has a lot of gothic themes throughout the story. From reading a few different gothic novels, you can expect some mutual themes, such as the elements of the dark side in human nature and they share similarities like the weather and the atmosphere. You could expect these themes to show up in a journey of some kind. A lot include classics, such as big heavy doors to castles and the action often happening at night. The characters often have similarities as well, certainly when comparing the Hound of the Baskervilles to Dracula. In a detective fiction you can expect the detective to use science and reason to find the answer to a case, but a myth is always taken into account even though it defies the laws of science. Arthur Conan Doyle creates mystery and menace in many different ways, such as using harsh adjectives to describe places. He also explains the atmosphere very well but on the other hand, the story is narrated by Watson, therefore, a bit limited because he is not quite in the same league as Sherlock Holmes and can’t always see what Holmes sees quite easily. Conan Doyle creates a lot menace and mystery through his use of language and good diction:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle creates the elements of menace and suspicion through the journey from London to Devonshire, when he describes it as leaving “the fertile country behind.” This suggests that his destination, Devonshire, is a place of mystery and as if Sherlock is leaving real life behind. This certainly builds up a sense of menace and mystery as “fertile land” suggests that this land does good to people and makes it sound fruitful and full of life, but this land he is travelling to is...


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