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Discuss two of the Sherlock Holmes we have read. What similarities and differences do you see, and which of the stories do you prefer.

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Sherlock Holmes Coursework Siobhan Johnson 11Q Mr Smythe Discuss two of the Sherlock Holmes we have read. What similarities and differences do you see, and which of the stories do you prefer. Arthur Conan Doyle was born at Picardy Place, Edinburgh, as the son of Charles Altamont Doyle, a civil servant, and Mary Doyle. Both of Doyle's parents were Roman Catholics. Doyle was educated in Jesuit schools. During this period Arthur Conan Doyle lost his belief in the Roman Catholic faith but the training of the Jesuits influenced deeply his mental development. Later he used his friends and teachers from Stonyhurst College as models for his characters in the Sherlock Holmes stories. He then qualified as doctor in 1885 and studied the eye. The Strand Magazine started to publish 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' from July 1891 in weekly stories. Sherlock Holmes was very popular, idolised and Arthur Conan Doyle received a knighthood. ...read more.

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Sherlock Holmes then goes to investigate and obviously solves the mystery surrounding her death. In 'The Adventure Of The Engineers Thumb' is a man goes to see Sherlock Holmes and has had his thumb amputated, he has no recollection of this but just one memory of a woman telling him to go. Sherlock Holmes unravels the mystery and concludes that a sinister German and a morose Englishman committed the crime. Both these stories have many differences but a number of similarities. The first similarity between the two stories is Sherlock Holmes' character. Both stories suggest Holmes is an eccentric character 'reading the agony aunt column' but also the fact he is not paid for his services, but will only do the unusual, sounds rather eccentric too. He also is very calm, not scared in the face of danger. For example, in 'The Adventure Of The Speckled Band' he has solved the mystery yet to prove himself right, he risks danger by staying the night in the bedroom where the speckled band will be released. ...read more.

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and also in 'The Adventure Of The Engineers Thumb' Watson wrote 'weary, heavy lidded expression...'. Also in 'The Adventure Of The Engineers Thumb' Watson, when he heard about the engineers, he responded by saying 'I'll ask a good friend'. He also drops all plans with his wife to show the engineer to Holmes' home, which also shows admiration. The third similarity is the use of a red herring. The red herring takes you off the scent of the story and adds extra shock. In the first story 'The Adventure Of The Speckled Band' the red herring is the gypsies outside. You assume when Holmes asks about this, it is he believes the gypsies had something to do with her death, when at the end, you find out in fact, they had nothing to do with it. Th red herring of the other story is the horses, how they look fresh when they came to pick him up, after travelling six miles, this also has nothing to do with the story. ...read more.

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