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Discuss what "The Man with the Twisted Lip" and "The Speckled Band" Reveal about Life and Beliefs in Victoria Society.

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Discuss what "The Man with the Twisted Lip" and "The Speckled Band" Reveal about Life and Beliefs in Victoria Society In the Victorian Times the Victorian's believed that the ideal man had a lot of standards to meet. They had to be Polite, Brave, Reliable and Intelligent. Sherlock Holmes met all of the standards. He was the Ideal Victorian Man. Sherlock Holmes was polite whenever a woman entered his office. He would treat them like Royalty, like in The Speckled Band when Miss Stoner enters the room. He puts a chair in front of the fire to warm her up and Miss Stoner cannot afford to pay Sherlock Holmes so he takes her case for free. In The Man with a Twisted he calls Mrs St Clair Madam. As Sherlock Holmes is the perfect gentlemen he always posh clothes. When he goes out he always wears his jacket and hat. He is very brave too. In The Speckled Band he knows the case may be dangerous so he offers to let Watson stay behind to be safe. He is very strong because in The Speckled Band when Dr Roylet charges into his office and bends his fire poker Sherlock Holmes walks over and bends it back again. He is also strong morally. He never lost his temper like when Dr Roylet was in his office threatening him. ...read more.

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In contrast to Sherlock Holmes the villains were hated by the Victorians, they despised villains; they were the complete opposite, an ideal gentleman. In The Speckled Band Dr Roylet was the villain that the Victorians hated. He was very aggressive, impolite and very rude, especially to ladies. That was the complete opposite to Sherlock Holmes. He was aggressive because the way he threw the butler over the wall. Dr Roylet threatened Sherlock Holmes, he bent his poker and he mistreated his daughters. He never had visitors because no one liked him. When he was in India he killed a butler. He was always unkind to his servants so they did not want to work for him. He owned a Cheetah and a Baboon and he had Gypsies on his land. That is why the Victorians hated people like Dr Roylet. He did not treat his property the way other Victorians expected him to. Parts of his house were falling down due to his lack of care. He did not dress like other Victorians; he went around wearing farmer type clothes instead of suits and top hats. Letting Gypsies hang around your land was very low in Victorian times. Dr Roylet had everything going for him, he had a medical degree, and he also owned his own practice. ...read more.

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Victorian woman often had to cover up for men like in The Speckled Band where Sherlock Holmes spotted the bruises on her arms. She said that she had had an accident, but he knew that Dr Roylet had done this to her. When Dr Roylet killed his butler Helen tells no one because she knew that if she did he would have beaten her up or even killed her. All she does is collect money and pays the butler's family. Overall the Victorian women had no independence, money or life so it was not all that good for them. In Sherlock Holmes stories the settings gave a very accurate description about Victorian times. The Twisted Lip is set in London in a street called Swandom Lane. Swandom Lane is a very dirty, rough and smelly place. The main part of the storey was located in an Opium Den, and either side of it was a Sex Shop and Off Licence, but in The Speckled Band the setting was set in a very different place. It was placed in the Wealthy Outskirts. This was out in the Countryside where it was very quiet and peaceful. There were lots of wealthy Victorians living in big houses. These two books show two very different places in Victorian times. In the Victorian times Britain was a ruler of a huge empire. ...read more.

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