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Discuss with reference of three of the Sherlock Holmes stories you have read, the statement that Holmes(TM) too often puts himself above the law.(TM) In your response you should consider Holmes(TM) relationship with

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Coursework Discuss with reference of three of the Sherlock Holmes stories you have read, the statement that 'Holmes' too often puts himself above the law.' In your response you should consider Holmes' relationship with the police. Sherlock Holmes' is constantly putting himself above the law. However on rare occasions he realises he can't do this and depends on the police for their assistance. The three stories which can be used in order to support my argument are, 'The Cardboard Box' which is about a package being sent to Miss.Cushing containing two ears. 'Silver Blaze' which is about the murder of John Strakner and a missing horse, and 'The Empty House' which is about Holmes' return and the murder of Ronald Adir. Holmes' character reflects on his attitude towards the law. Holmes is well educated and from a high social class this is why he sees himself as being above the law. In some ways Holmes is a show off. An example of this is in 'The Cardboard Box' when Holmes does not want to be associated with the case. "I should prefer that you would not mention my name at all in connection with the case" Holmes does not want to be associated with the case as he sees himself above the law, and is too good for cases as simple as this, he chooses "to be associated with those crimes which present some difficulty in their solution." ...read more.

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"My dear Inspector you surpass yourself" (Silver Blaze) Here Holmes is acting as if he knows everything and is showing a low expectation of Inspector Gregory, he is seeing himself as above the law. However in some cases like 'The Empty House' Holmes needs the police and he uses them for their man power and also as he is not able to make an arrest. In this case Holmes manages to grab the criminal, but the criminal gets the better of him, so Holmes' only option is to whistle for the police. This is an example of Holmes not putting himself above the law as he realises he needs them. House' Another example of Holmes using the police for his own needs is in 'The Empty House'. In this case Holmes does not want to be associated with the case as he does not want publicity because he does not want people to know he is alive. Holmes says to Lesterade: "I do not propose to appear in the matter at all. To you only belongs the credit of the remarkable arrest which you have effected." Here holmes is using the police but at the same time being sarcastic, he goes on being sarcastic by then saying: "Yes Lesterade, I congratulate you with your usual happy mixture of cunning and audacity you have got him." ...read more.

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However in 'The Cardboard Box' Holmes realises he can only brake the law to a limit. "...I could not shoot him at sight or I should myself be in the dock." This is an example of Holmes not putting himself above the law, as he realises it is the polices job to shoot people and he would be treated the same as every else by the police. As we read the five short stories we was able to see Holmes in different situations as A.C Doyle was able to develop Holmes' character. Where if we read only one Sherlock Holmes novel we would not be able to see Holmes' character in detail as there would only be one case. The five stories we read had five different cases with five different criminals. In some cases Holmes was called in by the police and in some, Holmes was on the case his self. From the fives stories we read we was al to argue the statement 'Holmes too often puts himself above the law.' Even though Holmes puts himself above the law, we still consider him as a 'good' character as well as braking the law, he's still not thought of as a 'bad' character. This is because he is always helping the police solve crimes. I agree with the statement that Holmes too often puts himself above the law, However he does realise on the odd occasion that he can't get away with operating outside the law. Katie Neill ...read more.

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