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Discuss how Conan Doyle presents the character of Dr Roylott in The Speckled Band

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Discuss how Conan Doyle presents the character of Dr Roylott in The Speckled Band

The Speckled Band is a story from the Sherlock Holmes series written by Conan Doyle. The story is of the detective genre and takes place in and around London. The main characters are Sherlock Holmes, his assistant Dr Watson, Dr Roylott and Helen Stoner. The story is written from Dr Watson's point of view and therefore the character of Dr Roylott is presented from Watsons opinions. The story is also written in the past tense from Watson's point of view this creates tension in the story telling as the reader can only learn about things that have already happened.

In the story Dr Roylott's character is portrayed as a villain before he is directly introduced in the story, his character is introduced by Helen stoner so that the reader gets a chance to portray Roylott before he is introduced and this gives him a sense of infamy. Helen describes the Dr by explaining to Holmes the background of Roylott, explaining his violent past in India 'he beat his native butler to death' this shows that Roylott has a violent past and is a

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