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Discuss the character of Holmes, the construction of the stories and why the stories were and are so popular

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Discuss the character of Holmes, the construction of the stories and why the stories were and are so popular Sherlock Holmes is one of the greatest and renowned detectives ever to exist, except for the fact that he is fictional, created by Sir Conan Doyle. Doyle began writing Sherlock Holmes from 1822. The character Sherlock Holmes, he devised was intensely influenced by one of his university professor encountered during a lecture. His works fascinated Doyle and we can see how it reflects to some of the things Sherlock Holmes does for e.g. his extraordinary deductive skills. Doyle has successfully prevailed upon the hearts of readers with his marvellous masterpieces. A famous museum has been dedicated on Holmes behalf for his outstanding temperament. One quite intriguing fact that proves just how phenomenal Sherlock Holmes is that Conan Doyle decided to withdraw Holmes in the year 1893, as he wanted to focus more on his other desires; however, he was unsuccessful as many readers protested upon this matter, while some even sent him death threats. Therefore, he was compelled to carry on and he did this by making the unstoppable detective Sherlock Holmes' cheat a narrow death. So in this essay I will be analysing 3 stories: 'A Scandal in Bohemia', 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' in which I will be marking out the distinct characteristics of Holmes that seems to attract everyone and Conan Doyle's brilliant techniques used to captivate vast number of people. First, I shall discuss about Sherlock Holmes himself in detail. He enjoys his work and is incredibly determined. Motivated by the actual work and not wealth, he devotes all his time and effort into solving mysteries as Watson notifies at the start of the 'The Speckled Band', '...for, working as he did rather for the love of his art than for the acquirement of wealth.' ...read more.

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Therefore, the customer is astonished because he had depicted Holmes, as the most energetic agent in Europe. The languid figure chosen by Conan Doyle do however, seem to add more interest, as Holmes' is underestimated at first, but ultimately praised. Holmes has set a good reputation and gained popularity and wide reference to himself. Helen Stoner, the young lady in 'The Speckled Band' had heard of Sherlock Holmes from a friend, "I have heard of you, Mr. Holmes; I have heard of you from Mrs. Farintosh, whom you helped in the hour of her sore need. It was from her that I had our address." This also signifies that the people he once ceased away their burden, appreciate and adore him. What's more, she cajoles Holmes; "But I have heard, Mr. Holmes, that you can see deeply into the manifold wickedness of the human heart." The human heart is personified to help present the fact that Holmes has the ability to distinguish all the types of evil. Holmes' over exaggerated delineation give him a supreme firm status. Likewise, he was highly acknowledged to the police force due to his valuable talent that could figure out even the most complex cases. He was treated and respected with the greatest generosity and was regarded to that of a high officer seeing that the police salute him in 'The Man with the Twister Lip', "Sherlock Holmes was well known to the Force, and the two constables at the door saluted him." In addition, they use 'sir' whilst conversing with him, "Inspector Bradstreet, sir." Moreover Holmes has been acknowledged continentally, from 'A Scandal in Bohemia', the client says to Holmes "Your recent services to one of the Royal Houses of Europe have shown that you are one who may safely be trusted with the matters which a re of the most importance which can hardly be exaggerated," which shows just how supreme his status is. ...read more.

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He assumes the false fire would trigger Irene to haste to her most valuable item, which in this case would be the photograph. He describes this scene as; 'When a woman thinks that her house is on fire, her instinct is at once to rush to the thing which she values the most.' This also shows his capacity of implementing his knowledge on psychology. In conclusion, I enjoyed all the three stories. All of them were different but very remarkable in their own way. I mostly enjoyed 'The Speckled Band'. I believe Conan Doyle did well in combining all the quality resources to make it an original crime-gripping story. The overflowing fear and tension retains the reader's mind. From poisonous snakes to a cheetah and a baboon, wondering freely around the mysterious reserved meadow creates an exotic place and together with the sudden transformation of the stepfather into an arousing riot, surrounds the story with terror and insecurity. It is a typical crime case, requiring Holmes to distinguish the perpetrator from minor clues. The unexplainable demise, an unknown culprit, and a frightened victim also tell us that it is a classic crime case. All of the stories are written in a way so as to create an atmosphere of mystery and indistinctness, overflowing with suspense in order to retain the reader and to get them constantly thinking. They are very much entertaining and recommended as a good source of leisure. The author maintains the level of excitement throughout the story, and in some occasions, the levels raise to its fullest potential, especially near the end when Holmes prefers to clarify everything in detail. Hence, the endings are always unexpected and surprising and thus make the short stories very effective. Holmes phenomenon character makes the chronicles even more enthralling and absorbing as it is. His intimacy with Watson is quite charming. Watson constantly advocates Holmes' status. I presume the reason why Conan Doyle adds Watson to the story is to make Holmes stand out seeing that he is more talented. ?? ?? ?? ?? Roshan Rai ...read more.

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