The novel includes all three types of conflict— human versus nature, human versus human, and human versus themself. At first it seems that human versus nature is more important, as the Baskervilles are plagued by the hound. Later a human versus himself conflict surfaces as important, as it is revealed that one individual’s greed motivated his behavior. As the plot unravels, however, the human versus human conflict emerges as the main one.
The underlying story of the hound that has plagued the Baskervilles in olden times provides a backdrop for the current events. Fear of the hound apparently killed Sir Charles. The hound, although it is an actual dog, and the desolate, hostile moor together symbolize nature as an antagonistic force against which the humans are pitted.
John Stapleton embodies the human versus himself conflict. His outward persona is the scientist intellectual, but lurking inside is a deep resentment and jealousy of the wealthy Baskervilles, which undergirds his...
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