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"Although it is clearly a product of its time, The Speckled Band holds the interest of a modern audience and s a fine example

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"Although it is clearly a product of its time, The Speckled Band holds the interest of a modern audience and s a fine example of the detective story genre." Do you agree with this comment on Conan Doyle's story? The Speckled Band has a Victorian context and in the Victorian times stories had different aspects, which they found appealing, but as a modern audience we are attracted to other aspects of stories. Because of these different appeals we know that The Speckled Band is a product of its time. The Speckled Band keeps the modern reader guessing the solution to the crime. This is very entertaining for the reader as they must try to find the answer before Sherlock Holmes does. Sherlock Holmes is characterised as an almost super human person with amazing powers of deduction this makes us admire him. Watson (Holmes's accomplice) is a key character as he is someone who we relate to as he goes on the same journey as us. The speech in the speckled band is in a formal tone, "my name is Sherlock Holmes. This is my intimate friend and associate Dr Watson" this is different to our modern stories as we like to show less restrained emotions, so some readers may find the tone boring. The sentences spoken are long and complicated in structure they have an exaggerated style, "I observe that you are shivering". ...read more.

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But the characterisation of Holmes is also one of the things that keeps the interest of a modern audience. His amazing powers of deduction make him seem almost superhuman. He deducts that because "the left arm of [Helen Stoners] jacket is spattered with mud in no less than seven places... there is no vehicle save a dog-cart* which throws up mud in that way" and so he knows she rode a dog-cart to see him. These deductions make a modern audience admire Sherlock, infact we almost envy him, but are eager to read on to see what other amazing things he can deduct. The way that Holmes stays calm and polite at all times even if he is about to go into danger is another thing that keeps the interest of a modern audience like when he says "[he] would be very much obliged if [Watson] would slip [his] revolver into [his] pocket" we find this appealing because we would panic in such conditions, so we admire his composure. The interest of a modern audience is also kept by the challenge to figure out the end of the story before Holmes does. This is done by following the main clues and trying to piece them together, just like Holmes does. Some of the clues are important but some are there to throw the reader and Sherlock off the scent. ...read more.

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It is also a fine example of the genre because it portrays Holmes as a clearly extraordinary man with almost superhuman deductive powers. This makes the audience admire his brilliance. The case is complex and mysterious (as there was no way in or out of the victims room) and the solution was out of reach for most readers until the end. The fact that in the Victorian times there were no forensics, makes Holmes even more amazing. Because in our modern world we have easier ways to figure out who the culprits are in crime but Holmes has to search and use his mind to make the clues fit together to come up with the solution. There was no way Holmes could take fingerprints or DNA samples in his Victorian era. So his brain had to do all of the work. This makes The Speckled Band a fine example of the detective story genre. This story is clearly a product of its time due to its complicated sentences, old-fashioned language, its use of melodrama, and its black and white characterisation. Never the less it still keeps the interest of a modern audience with its power to peak curiosity, keep us guessing and create vivid atmosphere. Also its superhuman characterisation of Holmes makes us shocked at his amazing deductive powers. All of these things combined make this story a fine example of the detective story genre. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Joe Ross ...read more.

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