• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Conan Doyle's hero Sherlock Holmes was popular in Victorian and Edwardian society for many reasons. What in your opinion ,makes the stories

Extracts from this document...


Comparative essays on Sherlock Holmes Conan Doyle�s hero Sherlock Holmes was popular in Victorian and Edwardian society for many reasons. What in your opinion ,makes the stories "The Red Headed League "and "The Speckled Band"exciting and successful ? Sherlock Holmes stories are some of the best detective stories ever written . They were written by Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle (1850-1930) who was a medical doctor . "The Red Headed League" was published in 1891 and "The Speckled Band" was published in 1892 in a magazine called The Strand Magazine . "The Red Headed League" is about a mysterious organisation which Mr. Holmes� client , Mr. Wilson was working for until it dissolved . Finally this strange league turns out to be simply a cover up to distract Mr . Wilson while the criminals dig a secret passage from his cellar intending to rob gold from the "City and Suburban Bank" . " The Speckled Band" is about a cruel stepfather (Dr. Roylott) with an intention of murdering his step daughters to acquire their property. ...read more.


The arrival of their crime detecting new hero, Sherlock Holmes, would have definitely provided reassurance. Sherlock Holmes is described as "the relentless, keen- witted, ready-handed criminal agent" . He is shown as the best in the detective field with every skill that a detective needs.. He has a "brilliant reasoning power" and it amazes the readers in ways how he draws correct conclusions from small observations . For example, in "The Red Headed League" , by looking at John Clay�s "worn wrinkled and stained " knees he realises that John Clay has been digging a passage to the bank . On the other hand he is also shown as a lonely man without a family life. I think this is done deliberately for psychological reasons to prevent readers from hating him because even though some might feel jealous for his investigating skills on the other hand they will feel pity for his lonely life . Dr. Watson is the narrator of the stories .Doctors are one of the most trusted professions as they traditionally have an image of being saviours . ...read more.


In both stories the climax is an interesting part with full of suspense and action .In "The Red Headed League" the climax is more like a thriller which includes Mr.Holmes and Scotland Yard Officers surrounding the cellar and arresting the criminals . In "The Speckled Band" the climax is set more like a horror sequence which includes action with a mysterious creature (which later turns out to be a snake) and the death of Dr.Roylott . Even though they might not be much thrilling to us as we have seen many thriller and horror movies it would have been really interesting for the Victorian and Edwardian readers . The climax is always kept full of suspense either if it is about whether the criminal might escape from justice (John Clay in "The Red Headed league" for example) or about whether the innocent will be hurt (Helen Stoner in "The Speckled Band" for example) . In the end we can notice that in both cases what we wanted happened (which is the criminal being punished and the innocent being protected) , which restores morality . ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle essays

  1. Comparison of the ways that Conan Doyle in his presentation of Sherlock Holmes conveys ...

    This is proved in The Cardboard Box when he makes a direct reference to him; 'a passage in one of Poe's sketches'. Conan Doyle presents Sherlock Holmes as an intense, observant character with fierce powers of observation and a vast knowledge.

  2. Discuss the character of Holmes, the construction of the stories and why the stories ...

    in 'A Scandal in Bohemia' due to his accurate launch of the rocket launcher, Holmes' plan thrives. Holmes constantly fascinates him and he persistently enjoys his praises. Prior to Holmes' assumption in 'A Scandal in Bohemia', his bewildered partner Dr.

  1. Looking at 'the Speckled band' and two other stories, comment on the way Conan ...

    In the plot of 'The Blue Carbuncle', which is third on the list of favourite stories of Sherlock Holmes readers, we see the great power of deduction and analysis used by Holmes. The plot centres on the pursuit of a Christmas Goose in which is hidden the Blue Carbuncle, a

  2. Following a careful study of a range of Victorian Short Stories, discuss the ways ...

    it is still left up until the last possible moment to be revealed, but by this point it is quite predictably a case of "walk past me, and then look back at me". Despite this, the way in which the ending is written and indeed set portrays a totally different side to the story.

  1. Why do the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle continue to appeal ...

    This event happens near the start of the story and really grabs the reader's interest. If he can tell that much by just looking at someone what else can he do? These are several reasons that the stories are still popular today, because even though times have changed, grabbing the

  2. Sherlock Holmes - Explain what is revealed about life and beliefs in Victorian Britain ...

    Roylott because he was protecting others, however I feel that some Victorians would have seen it as being immoral because he was being just as bad as the doctor and a gentleman wouldn't kill someone.

  1. Analyse the way in which Conan Doyle's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes is designed to ...

    Duncan Ross; 'neither sickness nor business nor anything else. There you must stay, or you lose your billet.' For this he will be paid four pounds a week, which we would consider very slight, but which would have been a very attractive pay for a tradesman in those days.

  2. Comparison Of Two 19th Century Crime Stories.

    The protagonist attempts to convey his disturbance through the use of hyphens, 'TRUE! - Nervous - very...' and '...my senses - not destroyed - not dulled them.' Poe, compared to Doyle, uses more expressive and self-obsessed words that portray the criminal's emotions, 'I went boldly' and '...spoke courageously.'

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work