The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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How might you analyze Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and Stapleton in Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles?

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Writing a character analysis on Sherlock Holmes, as well as on his trusted friend and colleague Dr. John Watson, is relatively easy. Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous characters in English literature, the brilliant protagonist in a long series of novels and short stories authored by the fictional detective’s creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes was allegedly modeled after one or more experts in medical forensics known to Doyle, and the detective’s gift at connecting minor details with broader investigations is his most enduring trait. The name “Sherlock Holmes” is, in fact, synonymous with deductive reasoning. Perhaps no better source on Sherlock Holmes can be found than on the official website dedicated to Doyle, in which the detective is described as follows:

“Holmes has essentially an obsessive personality. He works compulsively on all his cases and his deductive powers are phenomenal. He can get engulfed in periods of depression between cases and is known to take...

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