The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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What is the conflict in The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

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As with many mystery or suspense novels, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle portrays a conflict between good and evil, with the morally good characters trying either to avenge past wrongs or to prevent future ones, and coming into direct conflict with evil characters. 

The major conflict which controls the overall arc of the plot is that between Stapleton and his rivals as heirs to the Baskerville estate. Although he succeeds in killing Sir Charles, due to the intervention of Dr. Mortimer and Sherlock Holmes, he fails to kill Sir Henry.

Many minor conflicts drive various subplots. Mrs. Stapleton eventually ends up in conflict with her husband because she objects to his murderous schemes.

Another subplot involves Selden, also known as the "Notting Hill Murderer" who has escaped prison. Mr. and Mrs. Barrymore are trying to help him emigrate even as the other locals and authorities are attempting to apprehend him. 

Watson's efforts to identify the mysterious stranger...

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