Essay Topic 1
Explain deduction. How is it used by the characters in the novel? Why is it so necessary for Holmes to see only the facts and to never actually theorize? Is this a realistic approach to unraveling mysteries? Why or why not? Cite specific examples from the text to back up your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
Explain the themes of reality and superstition as they relate to this novel. Take into account the story of the Baskerville hound and how different people react to the events around them. Consider who reacts most viscerally to the idea that the hound is supernatural and who believes most firmly that the hound is not.
Essay Topic 3
How is the moor an active character in this novel? What are characteristics of the moor? Is it just as important as Holmes or Stapleton? Why or why not? How would this story be altered...
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