"Mystery and The Hound of the Baskervilles"
Mystery and The Hound of the Baskervilles I. Sherlock Holmes o The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes appeared in _________________________. o These stories were also inspired by the American writer, ________________________. II. Background o Arthur Conan Doyle’s original profession was that of a ________________, but he used his spare time to create the character of ________________________. o The first Holmes story was published in _________. III. Sherlock Holmes’ demise o In 1893, Doyle published __________________________. In this story, _____________________, the villain, sends Holmes to his death. o Newspaper printed Holmes’ obituary, and people placed flowers in the streets of London. IV. The Resurrection o Doyle was forced to resurrect Holmes if he wanted to continue writing mysteries. o __________________________ was the first story published after Holmes’ supposed death. o The novel is set __________________________________ so to avoid bringing Holmes to life. o At the release of this story, The Strand’s readership grew by ___________ subscriptions instantly. V. Inspiration for the detective o The ideas for Holmes’ unique detective skills were based in-part on one of Doyle’s professors from the University of Edinburgh, ______________________. o Bell could draw ________________ about his patients simply from observing _______________. VI. Inspiration for the novel o Black Shuck and the Whisht Hounds are spectral, demon dogs from __________________________. These ghostly dogs were the inspiration for The Hound of the Baskervilles. o The origin of these legends springs from _________________. They are derived from tales of the black _________________________________. VII. Doyle’s Mystery Novel o Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is known as the “father of the Golden Age of mystery.” o His novels followed a usually predictable pattern including the following: 1. 2. 3. 4. VIII. Complications o As are common in the rising action of most novels, Doyle’s stories are full of complications. o As the story progresses, the reader learns that nearly all the suspects had ________________. o Clues accumulate and are often revealed to the reader through a _________ like ____________, Holmes’ trusty sidekick. IX. Red Herring o Definition: o Simply put, a red herring is an item which has no use in the story except to distract the reader from the real culprit. o The red herring can take the form of _______________________, which the reader may believe to be the killer, only to discover later that he is innocent. It can also take the form of _____________________________________________, but which turns out to be worthless. X. English v. American o At the same time the English detective/mystery novel became popular, the ______________ made his debut in America. o While Holmes and his counterparts were gentlemen, the private eye of the U.S. was a hard- drinking, tough talking investigator whose stories went not in a logical order but shifted from scene to scene. The leader of the American mystery was ________________________. XI. Setting o ____________________________________________________ (Holmes’ residence) o Baskerville Hall in _____________________________________ o Victorian London, 1880-90s* o *The Hound was published in _________, but it is set prior to Holmes’ death in 1893. XII. Victorian England o Doyle’s work comes at the height of the _________________, the years of ______ to ______. o The era is characterized as a long time of _____ (following the Revolutionary War with the U.S.). o Inventions marked much of the period as ___________ and _________ flourished. XIII. Victorian England Continued o At the time of Sherlock Holmes’ creation, Victorian society was in a state of unease as new thoughts and ideas threatened to undermine traditional beliefs. The __________________ had brought about the rapid development of industry, railways, commerce and engineering. o Along with this came revolutionary scientific theories which shocked many people. Darwin’s Origin of Species, published in 1859, put forward the theory of evolution, and so questioned the Christian beliefs that had been dominant until then.