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English- The Hound of Baskervilles
Transcript of English- The Hound of Baskervilles
Margaret Orrell The Hound of the Baskervilles The Story Itself
Its application in the classroom Book Trailer Uses for the 10th Grade Curriculum: Coming soon to a classroom near you... The Characters: An Overview Sherlock Holmes
The convict Themes Natural vs. supernatural
Hierarchy of society
The "Red Herring"
Contrasting relationship between Holmes and Watson Academic Value Archetypes- (the "hero" and the "sidekick") How have Arthur Conan Doyle's stories shaped the archetypes used in modern culture?
Modern interpretations- (BBC "Sherlock" CBS's "Elementary" and the Warner Brother's major motion picture "A Game of Shadows") How has society influenced these three different interpretations of this classic duo?
Gothic themes- (emphasis on "Frankenstein") What are some parallels between the themes in Frankenstein and The Hound of the Baskervilles? Modern Interpretations Purpose: to examine how the progression of society has influenced modern interpretations of the classic "Sherlock Holmes" detective story Gothic Themes Purpose: to recognize and apply the Gothic themes learned while reading "Frankenstein" to a book written in a different era in a different style, such as "The Hound of the Baskervilles" When describing the investigative habits of Sherlock Holmes Watson says, “Partly it came no doubt from his own masterful nature, which loved to dominate and surprise those who were around him. Partly also from his professional caution, which urged him never to take chances” (Doyle 151)... The characterization of Sherlock as both a hero, and a manipulator adds to the theme of misconception because although much of what Watson perceives is not in fact the truth, but the author creates Sherlock as a nearly omniscient character with almost all the answers. He controls everything...
~Margaret Orrell Watson gives an intense and gloomy description of the hounds howl, “It came with the wind through the silence of the night, a long, deep mutter, then a rising howl, and then the sad moan in which it died away. Again and again it sounded, the whole air throbbing with it, strident, wild, and menacing” (Doyle 97). Commonly in Gothic literature there are settings mainly depicted by the author as hauntingly beautiful, and in this case Watson describes the howl in very dramatic terms to emphasize the horror of the hound.
~Margaret Orrell Sherlock Holmes Frankenstein BBC's Sherlock CBS's Elementary The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes The detective works closely with him, for reasons he does not express explicitly in the narrative itself, but early on Holmes provides an insight into the dynamic between the two characters by telling Watson “it may be that you are not yourself luminous, but you are a conductor of light.” (Doyle 2) Due to the fact that Holmes very rarely offers praise, this is a significant exchange in the exposition as it establishes that while he does not show it often, Holmes values Watson’s companionship and realizes that he is useful to him... Holmes and Watson find a way to complete each other which make them extremely effective partners and is the key to their great success in solving their cases.
~Lily Spinelli Sherlock Holmes
John Watson Batman
Robin Han Solo
Chewbacca The Hero and the Sidekick Purpose: to examine the continuities and changes of the archetypes included in The Hound of the Baskervilles, specifically the dynamic between the "hero" and the "sidekick" *movie poster made by Lily Spinelli Warner Brothers' A Game of Shadows Final Project As a follow-up to the compare and contrast chart with Sherlock and Frankenstein focused specifically on Gothic themes, the students will write a character study (similar in length and organization to a literary analysis with more focus on characterization) comparing Victor Frankenstein and Sherlock Holmes. Some possible focus topics could be:
Their different responses to isolation
The influence of those close to them
The positive/negative effects of their superior intellect
The role science plays in their lives Pantreism
Plot built around mystery
Suffering imposed on innocent Stapleton creates the hound
Focus on the moor
Watson's first person POV
The hound is almost supernatural
Holmes imposes isolation on himself to solve the case
A clear distinction is made between the upper and lower class
The moor and Baskerville manor
The legend of the Baskerville hound
The hound's victims, and later Miss Stapleton Victor creates the creature
Focus on the scenery- specifically the mountains
Change of POV from Captain Walton to Victor to the creature
The creation of the monster
Both Victor and the creature are isolated
The creature's observations while living in the hovel
The possitbilities of science
The creature is usually seen as "innocent" until being subjected to society's malevolence 'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read. ~Mark Twain Classics are called classics for a reason. They are greatly underappreciated, when by simply reading them can make one more dignified as well as a well-informed, cultured citizen. If one takes the additional time to read more into the text of a classic, they will find out why they are called classics in the first place. Classics have applications to modern life, show higher levels of thinking, have important messages and valuable lessons to learn in addition to all the other wonderful things one may find by just opening a well-renowned piece of literature. Works Cited
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