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Compare and contrast at least 3 of the Sherlock Holmes stories you have read

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Compare and contrast at least three of the Sherlock Holmes stories you have read, how typical are they of the murder mystery genre? Are they relevant to a modern audience? Within the Murder Mystery Genre there are many elements which are included. A murder is always committed, with some kind of weapon, which can be eccentric or sometimes the murder can be committed by the victim being poisoned. There are villains in a murder story; these can be anything from a horrible family relative, like Dr Grimsbey Roylott in The Speckled Band, to an average everyday person. Red Herrings are also included to throw the reader of the trail of the murder. There is also a mysterious setting, which could be added in there to scare the reader. A motive is also in the story, like in Shoscombe Old Place; the motive is to get money so Sir Robert Norberton can pay off his debts. All these should be included in a good murder story, to engage the reader's curiosity. The Man with the Twisted Lip is one of a few of the Sherlock Holmes mystery that does not fulfil all the elements of a Murder Mystery Genre, no murder is committed. ...read more.

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When she got the police and looked upstairs all that was up there was Mr Boon. Mr St. Clair's clothes were on the floor; this suggests that he was there. Shoscombe Old Place is another Sherlock Holmes story which doesn't follow all the elements in a Murder Mystery Genre, like The Man with the Twisted Lip we think that a murder or something peculiar has happened, but we don't find out what has actually happened until the end of the story. In the Speckled Band, Sherlock Holmes is portrayed as a serious and caring character. He has got a lot of respect for his partner Dr. Watson, as supported by this quote, "Very sorry to knock you up, Watson," said he, "but it's the common lot this morning. Mrs. Hudson has been knocked up, she retorted upon me, and I on you." When Miss Stoner came to see Sherlock Holmes, she says "It is fear, Mr. Holmes. It is terror." With this Holmes said "You must not fear," said he soothingly, bending forward and patting her forearm." This shows that he is a caring person and likes to reassure his clients. This quote is also comforting to know that there is someone looking out for you. ...read more.

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He does enjoy showing off his skills on occasion, however, notably in his 'mind-reading' of Watson at the start of the "Cardboard Box" but most of the time his ability is simply there, and is employed as a means of dispelling boredom. In the Speckled Band it involves some particularly nasty criminal activity; many of the stories do not, and are much more concerned with social justice and order. In the final problem, Moriarty + Holmes fall to their death into a waterfall. We expect that they are both dead. If Holmes isn't dead then why hasn't he tried to contact his best friend, Dr Watson? But if he does then will Moriarty's spies know that he has a very close relationship with Watson and torture him until they find out where Holmes is. Holmes must keep a low record if he is alive. In the Sherlock Holmes story's there are real relationships and real emotions. Holmes doesn't want Watson to get hurt, so in some stories Holmes goes off alone to try and work out the crime. I think that the Sherlock Holmes stories aren't all typical of the Murder Mystery Genre. They all have a lot of mystery in them but the all don't have a murder. ...read more.

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