The Hound of the Baskerville by Arthur Conan Doyle -- analysis paper

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There are many classic novels in the work. The length of the novel is a general aspect of a classic. And in most of the classic novels the plot, usually in the beginning, seems to be tedious and makes the reader concentrate more on what he or she is reading. One of the classics is The Hound of the Baskerville by Arthur Conan Doyle. The use of his writing style through plot and characterization makes this book a classic novel. Arthur Conan Doyle'sThe Hound of the Baskerville is a classic novel, but the plot is somewhat cumbersome.

The use of characterization by Doyle is excellent. Throughout this book there are many characters, and many things we learn about them. Not only did Doyle let the readers know about people's past, but he also let the readers into the character's thoughts and feelings. The story is told by Dr. Watson's point of view, which at times makes the story slow because his teacher, Sherlock Holmes, doesn't always inform Watson on what is going on inside his head.

"One of Sherlock Holmes's defects-if, indeed, one may call it a defect-was that he was exceedingly loth to communicate his full plans to any other person until the instance of their fulfillment." One of the other well-rounded characters is Sir Henry Baskerville. Henry Baskerville is the last of the Baskervilles. We are told a great deal about him and about the famous mystery of the Hound of the Baskerville. Although many people have heard of the curse and are scared of the legend, Henry Baskerville seems to be undisturbed about the curse. "Of course, I've heard of the hound ever since I was in the nursery. It's the pet story of the family, though I never thought of taking it seriously before." Including...