Themes and motifs in The Hound Of The Baskervilles
Natural and Supernatural
As soon as Dr. Mortimor arrives to unveil the mysterious curse of the Baskervilles the audience is presented with the themes of natural and supernatural. The hound is the first element of supernatural and natural that the audience is introduced to. Dr. Mortimor believes that the hound is a supernatural being. Holmes disagrees with Dr. Mortimor, from his point of view that every set of clues points towards a logical, real-world explanation.
In this sense the story takes on gothic tradition, a brand of storytelling that highlights the bizarre and unexplained. Doyles’ mysterious hound, an ancient family curse, even the ominous Baskerville Hall all set up a gothic-style mystery that, in the end, will fall victim to Holmes’ powerful logic.
Supernatural things within the novel: