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Holmes is made possible by Watson

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"Holmes is made possible by Watson" Holmes is made possible by Watson. I agree with this statement. Dr. Watson is one of the main characters in the Sherlock Holmes stories. He is Sherlock Holmes' assistant and temporary flatmate, and is the first person narrator of the stories. Doctor Watson's character is used as a plot device called a foil - his main use in the story is to magnify and highlight Holmes' intelligence and skills of deduction. Sherlock Holmes is one of the most popular and well known characters in English literature. I have read the three stories; 'The Speckled Band,' 'The Red-Headed League' and 'Silver Blaze.' I have looked at the character and personality of Watson, Watson's relationship with Holmes, Watson as a plot device, Watson as the narrator of the stories, the way Conan Doyle uses the dialogue between Holmes and Watson and the Doyle's use of language. Dr. Watson has a close relationship with Holmes; they are good friends and have a lot of trust for each other. I quote Holmes: "You have a grand gift of silence, Watson. ...read more.

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Sherlock Holmes' stories are usually structured like this: the crime is committed, Holmes is called to investigate, Holmes finds a solution and finally Holmes explains everything. This structure is very effective to make the reader keep guessing and want to know what happens in the end. An example of this is in 'The Speckled Band.' The crime was reported to Holmes, Holmes then investigated the crime, he makes observations and the he finally deduces the solution and explains it to all the other characters. Without the continuous questions from Watson, the reader would always have many unanswered questions. This is perhaps the most important aspect that Conan Doyle uses Watson for. Watson is a character that has been created by Doyle to ask all the questions that the reader is thinking. Watson asks Holmes the question, Holmes explains and the reader's question has been answered. For example, a quote from 'Silver Blaze' - Watson exclaims to Holmes as he works something out. "One moment!" I asked. "Did the stable boy, when he ran out with the dog, leave the door unlocked behind him?" ...read more.

Conclusion

The way that Conan Doyle tells the story through Watson is very clever. Holmes is the one who is doing all the working out but not everything is explained right away and directly. Doyle uses Holmes to keep information away from Watson and the reader. However, Holmes does gradually 'leak' information. But very slowly. So that the reader reads on in anticipation. For example, in the 'Red Headed League' - Holmes never directly explains Moriati's part in the whole story, he only ever hints in and lets information slip loose towards the end of the tale. By using this clever writing mechanic, the reader is always gripped and doesn't want to put the book down. Watson plays a very key part in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Without Watson, Holmes is nothing. Holmes has a far superior intellect to most people and Watson is needed to explain details to the reader. If Watson was not present in the stories then no questions would be asked and everything would be very straight forward. This would ruin the stories and they would lose their character and readability. Therefore I agree with this statement. Holmes IS made possible by Watson. ...read more.

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