Comparison/Contrast the Hound of the Baskervilles

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Brandi Hallam
Comparison/Contrast Essay
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The team of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson is probably one of the most famous fictional detective teams to this day. One specific adventure that was encountered by the duo is told through the novel and film, The Hound of the Baskervilles. The Hound of the Baskervilles novel was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who lived from 1859-1930. He was born in Scotland but lived and worked in many places including London, Austria, and Africa before settling down in England and opening up a medical practice. The film was made and produced in 2002 by BBC. It was directed by David Attwood and stared Richard Roxburgh, Ian Hart, and Richard E. Grant. Though the film was based on the novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, there are many differences in the two works. The points that I will be comparing and contrasting are the differences in the setting at the beginning of each work, the differences and similarities between the characters in both works, and how both works create and develop suspense.

The first and probably most obvious point of comparison between the film and the novel would be the difference in setting at the beginning of each. The novel begins in Mr. Sherlock Holmes' office in London, England while the film begins in the coroners court and cuts in and out to also show scenes from the moor. The novel begins by telling us that a mysterious walking stick was left behind by an unknown visitor that they had missed. Watson and Holmes spend pages 9-12 discussing and contemplating what the writing inscribed on the stick could mean and if it could give them any clues as to who owned the stick and why they were coming to see them. After meeting Dr. Mortimer, Watson and Holmes listen to the tale of the curse of the Baskervilles. After hearing the story read by Dr. Mortimer, Watson and Holmes know what they are needed for and the mystery of the story begins to take off from there. In...
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