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An examination of how Sherlock Holmes' abilities and techniques, allied to his personal characteristics, enable him to solve crimes

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An examination of how Sherlock Holmes' abilities and techniques, allied to his personal characteristics, enable him to solve crimes There are many reasons to explain why Sherlock Holmes is one of the world's most famous fictional detectives. However, the main reason for this is that not only are the stories complex, but the actual character of Sherlock Holmes has extreme depth, with some subtle elements of his character only becoming apparent when he is in certain situations. This is why Sherlock Holmes is one of the most, if not the most interesting fictional characters to study. One of Holmes' most famous professional characteristics is his power of observation. An example of this is where Holmes is examining a room "Why, it's a dummy...it is fastened to a hook" (The Speckled Band). This is a very unlikely thing for a normal person to observe; but not for Sherlock Holmes! ...read more.

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He is especially amazed that it is a woman that has outwitted him. This has some, but only a slight, effect on his belittling characteristic "He used to make merry over the cleverness of women, but I have not heard him do it of late" (A Scandal in Bohemia). Holmes has a great store of knowledge that he has acquired over many years at his disposal, and this helps him greatly in his cases "my special knowledge of tobacco ashes enabled me to pronounce as an Indian cigar" (The Boscombe Valley Mystery). This yet again proves just how intelligent Sherlock Holmes is. Holmes categorised and sub-categorised many pieces of information on almost every person and subject imaginable "Irene Adler...Kindly look her up in my index, Doctor" (A Scandal in Bohemia). This shows just how organised Holmes is; he not only possesses plenty of knowledge, but he knows how to have it organised to be accessed easily. ...read more.

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Not only can he disguise himself, but he can act well, as well "The stage lost a fine actor" (A Scandal in Bohemia). He is also an expert in science "science lost an acute reasoner" (A Scandal in Bohemia). Overall, I feel that the factor that contributes most to the fact that Sherlock Holmes is able to solve crimes so well is the fact that he can analyse things - reason with them, as well as observe them. Also, he does not allow emotion to cloud his reasoning "grit in a sensitive instrument...would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a nature such as his" (A Scandal in Bohemia). Holmes was a misogynist, so there was not much, if any chance for emotion to enter his finely tuned brain. I feel that this quote best describes Sherlock Holmes "He was.... the most perfect reasoning machine that the world has ever seen" (A Scandal in Bohemia). 823 Words MARTIN COOPER FORM 5S ...read more.

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