Exemplification of the Victorian spirit of Science over Myth: A Reading of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles

Authors

  • Priyanka Nath Choudhury Student Department of English and Foreign Languages, Tezpur University Guwahati, Assam, India

Abstract

This paper endeavours to understand and analyse the tussle between science and faith- which was one of the predominant sentiments in the Victorian era- through its close reading of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. Endowed with the spirit of his age and quite clearly siding with science in the conflict, Sir Conan Doyle’s creation of Sherlock Holmes is an embodiment and almost also a tribute to the emboldening scientific vigour of the Victorian age. In his The Hounds of the Baskervilles the conflict between science and faith, which is resonant of the Victorian era, is dramatised. While Sherlock is representative of the spirit of science and rationality in the face of everything, the residents of the moor with their firm faith in the supernatural myth of the hellhounds stand for the old school ‘faith’, slowly losing its ground in society. The paper aims to show how The Hound of the Baskervilles can be seen as a microcosmic narrative, metaphorically representing a larger narrative of the battle between science and faith in Victorian England.

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Published

2018-07-31