The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles book cover
Start Your Free Trial

What is the role of the moor in The Hound of the Baskervilles?

Expert Answers info

Lynn Ramsson eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2017

write785 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

In Arthur Conan Doyle's dark novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, the moor plays a significant role as one of the settings against which the action of the novel takes place. By definition, a moor is a piece of land, often in Britain, that is uncultivated and often of a higher elevation that the land that surrounds it. Moors are not exactly hospitable to human society, which is why the image of a moor can carry a negative connotation in literature.

The moor in Doyle's novel is a remote and foreboding element of the Devonshire landscape, and it inspires a sense of fear and anxiety in readers who know what this kind of landscape looks like. Doyle uses adjectives like "gloomy," "dark," "God-forsaken," and "sinister" to enhance the ominous and mysterious quality of the moor. These details, as well as the general history of moors in Britain, ensure that the role of the moor as an atmospheric element is effective in compounding the suspensefulness of the reading experience of the novel.

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Newell Kautzer eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2018

write700 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

The setting...

(The entire section contains 4 answers and 706 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Greg Jackson eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2018

write1,168 answers

starTop subjects are History, Literature, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

William Delaney eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2011

write5,416 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial