The Theme Of Ethical Science In The Hound Of The Baskervilles

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The Hound of the Baskervilles, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is one of Doyle’s crime novels that features the detective Sherlock Holmes who seeks to solve the mystery of Sir Charles Baskerville’s death and separate the cause of Baskerville’s death from a family tale of a menacing hound. The Hounds of Baskerville, directed by Paul McGuigan, is a modern-day film adaptation of Doyle’s story. Compared to The Hound of the Baskervilles, the realistic aspect and the theme of immorality accompanied by the portrayal of the results of unethical science through the characters in The Hounds of Baskerville all work to support the idea that the story serves as a cautionary tale against the loss of morals. First and foremost, the difference in the origins of the mystery and the modernized and realistic factor of science in The Hounds of Baskerville work to caution the reader of the possible and potential dangers of immoral actions. In the novel, the mystery originates from an ancient…show more content…
In The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock is described as an indifferent, “trained man of science” whose logic prevents him from believing in a “supernatural hound” (31). However, in the televised depiction, Holmes is frightened, as he trembles while drinking tea after exploring the bleak hollow (The Hounds). In fact, contrastingly, Sherlock begins to doubt his logic, claiming he saw an actual beast. The sharp contrast between Holmes’s character in the novel and in the film underscore the theme of unethicalness. Holmes’s character in the film is used to appeal to the audience’s fear by presenting a character to who the reader can relate his or her feelings. Therefore, by presenting an inherently stoic character who is terrified, the story frightens the reader of the dangers of unrestrained

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