Study Guide

The Hound of the Baskervilles Narrator Point of View

By Arthur Conan Doyle

Narrator Point of View

First Person Central Narrator

Watson is our first-person narrator. He reports everything that Holmes does from his point of view, and thank goodness for that. After all, Watson, as we pointed out in his "Character Analysis," is the one with the artistic flair. His description of the events of The Hound of the Baskervilles emphasizes the atmosphere of the case, with its gloomy settings and strange people. If Holmes were telling the story, who knows what bare-bones, bullet-point style of storytelling we would get. No foggy moors, no silhouettes against the moon—only the facts. Just thinking about that possibility makes us want to close the book and get back to watching the HIMYM marathon.