Arthur Conan Doyle Essay

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When writing, one finds it is often easier to write about what one already knows. Some authors may find inspiration in their personal lives, the world around them, or the lives of close friends and family. When a work of art or a book is inspired by one of these factors, the work itself contains connections back to the inspiration and in turn, the life of the author himself. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle finds inspiration for his series of novels about the genius detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal friend Dr. John Watson in many different places. In his novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle makes connections to his career, his colleague, and the stories of his friend.
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He has the ability to discover the occupation, habits, and hobbies of almost every person he sees. This remarkable character is based on a surgeon Doyle meets during his studies at Edinburgh University. The surgeon, Dr. Joseph Bell, has outstanding skills of deduction, exactly like Sherlock. Additionally, he can glean personal and private information about his patients simply by looking at their appearance in much the same manner Sherlock himself does (“Arthur Conan Doyle”). These two aspects of Dr. Bell’s personality are seen quite evidently in Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Bell, however, is not the only person Doyle is influenced by when writing The Hound of the Baskervilles.
The Hound of the Baskervilles is a tale set in the sinister moors of Dartmoor. It explores the mystery in which the home of the deceased Sir Charles Baskervilles is haunted by “a giant hound-like beast who haunts the surrounding marsh, or moor, with its fearsome moan” (Doyle, Publishing Saddleback Educational 7). The idea for the story is accredited to a friend of Doyle’s by the name of Fletcher Robinson. Robinson, while golfing with Doyle, tells a story of his hometown, Dartmoor, which is fabled to be haunted by a phantom hound (“Arthur Conan Doyle”). Doyle’s own novel clearly reflects the story told to him by Robinson, and a connection is made between the two. Even the scenery,...

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