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

Detective Fiction

Extracts from this document...


Detective Fiction The famous horror writer 'Edgar Allen Poe' first introduced detective Fiction in 1841 with 'murder in the rue morgue'. Although Mr Poe was the creator of detective Fiction, he was not the one to make it as popular as it is today. Readers were more intrigued by Poe's creative genre 'Horror'. Poe's 'murder in the rue morgue' had also introduced the five traditional elements, the most important of all was 'the superior detective' known as 'C. Auguste Dupin', he had a method of deduction and was very eccentric. Now in every detective Fiction story or TV programme their contains the Five traditional elements 'the perfect crime, the wrongly accused suspect, superior detective, dim witted police and the surprise ending, each one more essential than the other. Detective fiction was at its peak during the late nineteenth century for that was the time of 'Jack the Ripper', a cunning murderer who was never found. The mobs were intrigued by this whole situation, how it started and how it ends. To quench their appetite for mystery and suspense they would read detective fiction books. The most popular out of all the writers would have been 'Sir Arthur Conan Doyle'. His stories had a different focus point. While other writers are focusing on the plot, Sir Doyle would have been showing of his detective's intelligence. The superior detective would have solved impossible cases, have ridiculous and controversial theories, suspect clues with little or no evidence but at the end of the day he was the one to catch the criminal. The superior detective was known as 'Sherlock Holmes' with his right hand man Dr Watson. In any one of Sherlock's stories Sir Doyle would have focused his attention on Holmes, the story would revolve around him on his thoughts and actions. One of Sir Doyle's famous stories was the 'Speckled Band' that was about a young woman who died in a perfectly humane situation however there is little evidence to who or what did it. ...read more.


After observing the body "Poirot's eyes were darting about the compartment. They were bright and sharp like birds." Poirot had found a pipe that did not belong to Cassetti, and immediately claimed there was a man in the room at the time of the death. "There was no pipe in any of his pockets, and no tobacco or tobacco pouch" To show his superiority Poirot claims that when he looks at evidence "It is the psychology I seek, not the finger print" like Sherlock, Poirot has the same mentality. He seeks for the psychological, however Poirot concentrates on the facts where as Sherlock challenges the more controversial side and when clues are being examined Poirot looks at them and then thinks are " those clues are they really what they seem to be. When Poirot was seeking information about the Armstrong case, he had spoke to Armstrong's secretary who had failed to cooperate, however using his intelligence he had listened to her grammar very carefully and assumed she was lying because of her slang. When Poirot is trying to solve a problem, he tends to try and think like the murderer "that if the murderer intended us to believe that he had escaped by way of the window he would naturally make it appear that the other two exists were impossible". He Poirot is trying to perceive how the murderer got out. Like Sherlock Holmes, Poirot is very intelligent and also has some eccentric features. Poirot, for example, when he goes to bed, he wears a special headgear to keep his hair in place. In 'The Murder on the Orient express' Christie uses both dim-witted police and sidekick and roles them into one element. In 'The murder orient express' she uses Dr Constantine and the director as this element. Both act as the dumb police and the right hand man. While Poirot would be investigating or interviewing, the director and the Dr would always be at Poirot side coming up with ridiculous suggestions as if they were his sidekicks and the dim-witted police at the same time. ...read more.


Although The Burning End doesn't contain any dim-witted police, the story still contains a sense of dim wittedness. Like Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell uses her dim witted police role in her characters. While Brian and Michael are suggesting why Linda is miserable, they come across the fact that she feels guilty. However they don't realise she is upset because she might have literally killed Betty. Brian and Michael knew Linda was feeling guilty but they never took it into consideration that Linda could of caused the fire. The brothers are too dim witted to see that Linda was feeling guilty over the fact that Linda may have caused the death. Michael suggests that its "guilt" that is making Linda miserable. Brian responds to Michael's theory by blasting back "What's she got to be guilty about? She couldn't have done more if she'd been Mum's own daughter.'" This would of made the crime even more perfect if it was Linda. Detective Fiction has been changed and manipulated over the past century, from Sir Doyle to Ruth Rendell. Detective Fiction has changed with time and time has changed with Detective fiction. Since Sir Doyle detective fiction has introduced new excitements and has gradually manipulated the readers thoughts. Detective stories have changed so much, from having the superior detective as the centre point to having no detective at all. Agatha Christie was the one, who began manipulating Detective Fiction, although she had made a few adjustments, she still kept the concept. Agatha intended to use the ideas of past detective writers and present them in her own way Ruth Rendell the most recent Detective writer of my studies is a prime example of how Detective fiction has changed. Ruth stories are in contrast with Sir Doyle's because Ruth uses the ideas and manipulations of the recent Detective writers (Agatha Christie) and recapitulates them to create new means of excitement. This is an example of how Detective fiction has changed and will proceed in the future. ...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. Thomas Hardy's The Three Strangers, in contrast to many similar mystery stories by writers ...

    The Judge's slow movements prevent any sudden movements, and therefore it takes a while before there is any conclusion, increasing the suspense. When the Judge stamped at the same time as a "dreadful peal of thunder," the Judge seems to have extraordinary and possibly satanic powers, and placing this character is very difficult.

  2. Agatha Christie -

    She's the girl who has everything and the townspeople say she's got millions. Linnet's home is named "Wode Hall". It is said that she is going to marry Lord Charles Widlesham but Linnet had mixed feelings. One day, Linnet received a call from her oldest friend Jacqueline De Bellefort who wanted to come visit her.

  1. Select Two Short Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which you Believe are Particularly ...

    Doyle also implies that pollution could lead to more crimes. This is because in his stories most of the crimes are committed in the smog and pollution where it is hard to get caught. He also shows through Holmes's eyes the state of pollution and how bad it is, it

  2. Analyse Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles" exploring how the author uses the ...

    Holmes does not have any family and the fact that he rests upon the moor for a lengthy period of time suggests that he is used to being alone. "I knew that seclusion and solitude were very necessary for my friend in these hours of intense mental concentration in which he weighed every particle of evidence..."

  1. Analysation of the detective genre, Sherlock Holmes

    Insert a phrase explaining what Watson has not seen. Some of the advantages of this method would be it allows the readers to try and solve the mystery themselves, it gives readers an insight into Watson's feelings and we see Watson's relationship between him and Sherlock Holmes.

  2. A view from the bridge

    The audience is quickly aware of the tension and the instant dislike Eddie seems to have taken towards Rodolfo. This is made immediately clear when he 'shakes Marcos hand' and 'takes Marcos bags', possibly showing Rodolfo and element of rejection because of his untypical Italian appearance.

  1. The Impact Inspector Goole has on the Birling Household

    This provokes thought throughout the family for other people and creates tension. The inspector seems more emotional then stereotypical inspectors, with an end speech more like a fiery rhetoric than a summing up. Inspector: "If men will not learn this lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.

  2. What are the Key elements of the early crime fiction genre as exemplified by ...

    If Holmes were the narrator then it would give too much of the way Holmes's mind works away, it would also stop the reader from attempting to work out the crime themselves. This way it also keeps his character to be secretive and mysterious.

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