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What makes a good detective?

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Introduction For my coursework question I am going to use three stories that we have read in class, which are: The Purloined Letter, The Black Brotherhood, and The One Hundred Thousand Dollar Robbery. I am going to talk about the characteristics of the three detectives in these stories to find out what makes a good detective. All of the detectives in these three stories seem to have some typical characteristics in common, such as Dupin in The Purloined Letter, he is quite relaxed and quiet and has a good understanding of what he is doing, which are the same characteristics that Dick Donovan has. The detective in the Purloined Letter shares some of these characteristics the same as Donovan and Joe. Dupin is a good thinker and uses his common sense, which is generally needed to be a detective. In the Black brotherhood, Dick Donovan is smug and is a thinker; you know more about his thought processes than his physical appearance "I know you you're a detective" this shows that people can tell he's a detective by the way he thinks. ...read more.


There again on the other hand the three different detectives are quite unique in their own way. Donovan is quite smug and proud of himself when he discovers something. Where as the detective in the Purloined Letter is quite a jolly man, proud of himself, has a good sense of humour, but serious too at the same time, he's very good at solving problems which makes him a good detective. Being able to solve problems is a necessary point to be a detective or it would be an advantage as a good detective should be able to think about how a crime/incident happened or how to possibly solve a crime, therefore common sense is often needed to make the character/detective a good one. November Joe is a detective and says he's a woodsman which makes him unique and different he isn't pushy or brash because some of the detectives can be pushy and don't have much patience. November Joe is characterised by having a low rough tone of voice which sets the atmosphere of the story, as you can get a good idea of what the mood Is in the ...read more.


A person who would have read this in the past may have related the character to a person that was of great importance like an inventor as this was a time of great change. Dupin would have probably interested the past reader more than the modern one because he would have been more similar to a person who created detective stories such as Edgar Allan Poe who was a famous man living at the time of great change. To a present reader Dick Donovan would seem like a high standard man who they could imagine living in either the past or the present as he he's a good thinker and he has some characteristics of a present detective character. A past reader would respond to Donovan as being a clever 7and funny man a really interesting character as he's different from other people. Detective stories were so popular at the time they were written because this was a time of great change and, not many people could afford to buy books, so these stories were first published in the style of a leaflet with pictures. Many people would read these stories as this was a new form of entertainment and nothing like it, had been created before. ...read more.

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