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Coursework-The Speckled Band How does Conan Doyle present Dr. Grimesby Roylott as a typical Victorian Villain.

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Coursework-The Speckled Band How does Conan Doyle present Dr. Grimesby Roylott as a typical Victorian Villain. Having now read this book I feel I am now able to complete this essay about Roylott. The main constituents of a typical classic murder mystery invariably consist of a body, a motive, a weapon, a suspect, an alibi and a detective. Conan Doyle's,The Speckled Band demonstrates all those typical characteristics. I am now going to briefly summarise the story and identify each of the ingredients of the murder mystery, The Speckled Band, to help the reader understand the elements of the story. I will then analyse how Conan Doyle presents Dr. Roylett as a typical Victorian villain. The story begins with Holmes and Watson in conversation. They are reminiscing about their past cases over the last eight years and talk about the mysterious death of a Miss Julia Stoner. This case commences when Holmes wakes Watson up very early in the morning. This is because they have a client, a young lady, Helen Stoner. She is about to be married and is scared because her sister, Julia was due to be married and just before her marriage day, she died. It was an awful shock to all the family. The coroner said she was unable to find any satisfactory cause of death but Helen thought Julia had died of fear and nervous shock. Consequently Helen Stoner sought the help of Holmes. ...read more.

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This shows his aggressive and volatile character. It is clear that Roylett would probably have had little in common with local people in view of the time he had spent in India and his unusual pets. It may also have been part of his plans to ensure that Helen and Julia had few local friends they could turn to. Helen also pointed out that Roylett had a violent temper approaching mania. This was hereditary and inherited through the males in his family and probably intensified with his long stay in India. There were two reported brawls which ended in Court. He had a reputation as the terror of the village so consequently people kept clear of him. It was clear that Rowlett was a violent, aggressive, argumentative, and a very strong man who had an uncontrollable temper. Besides his Indian interests, he is friendly with gypsies who are usually not well liked by other local people. He may could use this friendship to help him achieve what he wants. His behaviour is characteristic of some murderers. He gets very angry and wound up over small things and we see him give out threats. He certainly doesn't hide the fact that he gets angry very quickly because he demonstrates that he does this in public several times. We get direct information when he has followed Helen Stoner. He threatens Holmes and insults him a few times and then he bends the fire poker to show his strength. ...read more.

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In Victorian times crime was slowly on the decline. There were occasions though when appalling offences were committed. The most common offenders were young males but only for petty offences. Domestic violence rarely came in front of the courts. Two famous criminals were Palmer and Pritchard they both poisoned people. Both were mentioned in 'the Speckled Band' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I could not find information on Dr Edward Pritchard but I have researched Palmer. Dr William Palmer was born in Rugeley near Stafford on 6th August 1824. He was heavily in debt, guilty of attempted bribery, fraud, forgery and overly fond of the ladies and of gambling on the horses is beyond doubt! He was only tried for one murder although he was found guilty of the murders by poison of his wife and his brother. He was then found guilty of the murder of John Parsons Cook in the 'Talbot Arms' in Rugeley. They tried to get him to admit it but he wouldn't. For this murder he was publicly executed in saw it. He was nicknamed, "The Prince of Poisoners." In conclusion I say that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional villain Dr Grimesby Roylott is a lot like these two Victorian villains. Both the real murderers were doctors, just like Roylott. The way they kill is fairly similar as well, although Roylott was more clever and may have escaped detection if it had not been for that super sleuth , Sherlock Holmes. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tim Baker 16th February 2004 ...read more.

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