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Analyse the stories of Sherlock Holmes in terms of their narrative structure and the way they follow a set pattern.

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Analyse the stories of Sherlock Holmes in terms of their narrative structure and the way they follow a set pattern. All of the Holmes stories follow a set pattern and have a similar narrative structure. These can be categorized for example Holmes being upset for a client would go in the category of emotions and secrets. The beginning of Sherlock Holmes stories is usually set at 221b Baker Street, which is Holmes residence. This is because his clients report a crime to him at his house. The client is more often than not female, as at the time of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle females were seen to be more vulnerable than males, this is less true today. If there is no work Holmes will occupy himself by performing scientific experiments or writing notes "As I have preserved very full notes of all these cases." Throughout the beginning of the story Dr Watson, ensures a relationship of trust between him and the reader, everything he says is believable and this increases the mystery and suspense. ...read more.

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These minor details can be seen throughout the Holmes novels, adventures and memoirs. During the clients absence Holmes has the time to research information relevant to the case. He does this at the scene of the crime, at local libraries or by asking local residents questions. At the scene of the crime he finds clues, which may help him solve the crime. He has found paw prints in The Sign Of Four, dog leads & milk used to train a snake A Speckled Band and footprints of a wooden legged man in The Sign Of Four. At the local library Holmes can do research from clues he finds at the scene of the crime. An example of this can be found in The Sign Of Four where Holmes visits the library for information on the murdered character. Holmes asks local people if they seen anything, an example of a question is " what do you think killed her" in A Speckled Band. ...read more.

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An example of this type of conversation is this exchange between Holmes and the engineer: "'One horse?' interjected Holmes. 'Yes, only one.' 'Did you observe the colour?' 'Yes, I saw it by the sidelights when I was stepping into the carriage. It was chestnut.' 'Tired-looking or fresh?' 'Oh, fresh and glossy.' Whereas the events are described in great detail this gradually builds up the suspense to allow the reader to wonder what the answer could be and what could be so unusual. When the whole truth is finally revealed, usually where the story started, 221b Baker Street it is ever more vivid and much more successful in entertaining the reader. In conclusion, I will say that using all these devices, Doyle successfully categorises the events using little but heavy description, he is able to build up a powerful image that will keep the reader in suspense. The stories follow a similar pattern, which carry the reader through a roller coaster of emotions this pattern also helps the reader understand all of the events as and when they happen. ...read more.

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