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Compare and contrast the Characters of Professor Moriaty with that of Dr Roylott.

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Compare and contrast the Characters of Professor Moriaty with that of Dr Roylott. Introduction This essay is to show the contrast between two of the villains out of the Sherlock Holmes short stories, Professor Moriarty and Dr Roylott. I will talk about the differences and the similarities between the two villains and how the behave toward Holmes. Dr Roylott is a character from "The Speckled Band" where he killed his daughter by use of a poisonous snake. Professor Moriarty is a character from "The Final Problem". By using the text of these books I am also able to identify and show Conan Doyle's methods of characterisation. The appearance is one of the primary aspects of a character because without imagery you cannot print a picture of the character in your head of what the character would look like. The appearances of the two villains are very different in build and facial and body features. Dr Roylott is a very large person, as it states in The speckled band, where Roylott meets Sherlock at Baker Street. "So tall was he that his hat actually brushed the cross-bar." This shows that Dr Roylott was a man of great height. ...read more.


Moriarty does not need to try and intimidate Sherlock because everything he says carries a lot of weight and he knows that Holmes has met an equally matched adversary, himself. Moriarty acts more sophisticated towards Holmes than Roylott did, He is very polite in ways where he doesn't do anything to Holmes in a threatening manor, and he didn't barge in through Sherlock's door when he visited him, where alternately Roylott did. He did insult him with words but didn't need to act in any violent way, his threats towards Holmes shown that Moriarty wasn't there to play around but show the full might of his power. He said "you stand in the way not merely of an individual, but of a mighty organisation." This was in away showing Sherlock his strength that he has a sort of army of criminals that are willing to do anything to help Moriarty. By saying that it was a mighty organisation he could emphasise the power of it, and that it was his organisation. Doyle uses the two characters manner and how they speak towards Holmes to create a kind of hatred towards the villain so the audience would prefer Sherlock to out perform the villain to create an obvious ending to a story that the good guy always wins. ...read more.


The only other resemblance that I did recognise was that both of them were insecure men. Roylott shown more insecurity than Moriarty but he was also an extremely different person to Moriarty, in that Roylott was very selfish towards his daughters that he was not whiling to give up all his money to make them happy shown that he wasn't the most caring of fathers or most caring of people, plus he was on an obvious start to insanity due to his unusual activities and odd past behaviour. Thus Roylott was a disturbed man but still made a respectable villain. Moriarty didn't really show his insecurity apart from the attempted to hide behind his organization in the conversation he had with Holmes. They were both very different people really due to that fact the both had very different goals and ideas. They both committed crimes that Holmes knew about but Moriarty was able to get the upper hand unlike Roylott who ended up in an ironic death by the snake that he used to kill his daughter. Professor Moriarty and Dr. Roylott were indeed two tremendously different people. I have seen no particular contrast between the two characters in many forms. By Ben Wilkins English Coursework Ben Wilkins, 10u2 ...read more.

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