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Then, all Holmes does is, using his encyclopaedia; find out who the people responsible are. This case is even more daunting for both John and Sherlock Holmes as it appears to be a legacy passed down from uncle-to-brother-to-son. Therefore, it is not a usual Holmes' case of visiting the scene of the crime and working out what has happened by questioning the victim. The orange pips 'curse' appears to have roots in America, (as that is where Elias spent the majority of his life and in Pondicherry, Dundee and East London (the locations of the postmarks).
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Why do the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle continue to appeal to readers, even in the 21st century?
An infamous example was Jack the Ripper renowned for mercilessly murdering prostitutes throughout London. To taunt the authorities, anonymous packages were sent containing mutilated body parts of his victims. The Victorian setting is portrayed in the story 'The Cooper Beeches' as letters, telegrams and notes are used to develop the plot. Sherlock Holmes provided solace to the public as he captured the hearts with his talent of solving what were deemed to be the most unsolvable of cases. Sherlock Holmes not only became a hugely popular character in his stories, but he became an inspiration to many Victorians who were forever fearful for their lives.
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is the inspiration behind 'Sherlock Holmes', Dupin as also been referred to in the very first Sherlock Holmes story 'A Study In Scarlet', In the story Holmes criticized Dupin's detective skills by quoting 'No doubt you think that you are complimenting me in comparing me to Dupin, He had some analytical genius, no doubt, but he was by no means such a phenomenon as Edgar Allen Poe appeared to Imagine'. This Quote by Sherlock Holmes about Edgar Allen Poe and his character Dupin proved that Edgar Allen Poe clearly had a lot of influence on Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes.
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This showed that Watson morally disapproves of these drugs. The fact that they smoked in the east is that they don't want to smoke I an respectable area so the have opium's 'farthest part of the east of the city.' Colonialism was portrayed in 'The Speckled Band' as Dr Roylott set up a medical practice in India. Another thing about Victorian times was the difference in authority and rights, and how the white upper class could easily get away with murder.
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I will be explaining how Doyle uses tension and suspense in the Sherlock Holmes stories and how this makes the audience continue reading. In addition, I will also be describing the methods that Doyle uses. Furthermore, I will be comparing and contrasting the following stories: 'Silver Blaze', 'The Red-Headed League' and 'A Scandal in Bohemia'. The introductions of all three stories differ, yet they all pull the reader into the story and make them continue reading. The beginning of 'Silver Blaze' is speech; 'I am afraid, Watson that I shall have to go,' this raises many questions in the reader's head such as, why is he going?
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Examine the settings which the writers have chosen for their stories in the Signalman and The Man with the Twisted Lip. Consider the effects that each writer has created and how they contribute to the atmosphere.
Holmes was so popular that when Doyle killed him off, the public demanded he be brought back. Doyle used real settings for his stories, mostly in London, including Baker Street, where Holmes lived. For readers of the time, it provided a feeling that exciting things were happening in the streets they walked in; today it grants us an insight into historical London. Dickens also created many memorable descriptions of London and its people, using characters from all sections of society.
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This contrast makes Holmes and Watson an interesting duo to read about. Watson is used for occasional humour during the story. It is very apparent that Watson admires Holmes: "I had no keener pleasure than in following Holmes in his professional investigations and admiring his rapid deductions". Finally, Conan-Doyle uses Watson to put forward questions and opinions, which the reader may be thinking of. Holmes never openly rejects these opinions, but nor does he accept them or answer Watson's questions clearly. This creates red herrings, which ensure that the outcome of the story remains a mystery to the reader.
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This shows us that The characters in the stories are also very different, especially when it comes to dealing with the women, who bring about the cases that they have to solve. Sherlock Holmes was always extremely polite in 'The Speckled Band', to both Watson and Maloney. For example, Holmes says: "I shall offer you a cup of hot coffee, for I observe that you are shivering" when the detective first meets his client, Helen Stoner. This shows that he is concerned for his client, which in turn shows that he is particularly courteous to the people who need him to solve their mysteries.
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He is arguably one of the most famous fictional detectives ever created, and also one of the most globally recognizable fictional characters. Two very well known stories are The Speckled Band and also The Red Headed League. The Speckled Band is one of the 56 short Sherlock Holmes stories written by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is the eighth of the twelve stories collected in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The story was first published in Strand Magazine in February 1892, with illustrations by Sidney Paget. It is known to be what Doyle thought was his best Holmes story.
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From the quote, 'the night was cold and wet'. You can gather that it is knight time; a time associated with monsters and evil, and also is cold and wet. It gives a sense of insecurity. This is in contrast to inside the house, 'the fire burned brightly'. This immediately gives the impression of a homely environment, one which is warm and cosy, Compared with the evil outdoors. 'Blinds were drawn', the indoor environment is being blocked from the murky dark outdoors by the blinds of the house.
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Regularly the detective can get into danger, but narrowly escapes. The fact that Coran Doyle used real locations made the readers feel associated in the mysteries. Although the storylines could be ghastly, people were interested to find out what happened - rather like in a horror movie, people liked to be frightened in a controlled way, as the events are unlikely to happen in real life. The public were drawn in by the suspense and tension of the stories; they were interesting and built up in an exciting way. The Victorians became very interested in science, and the forensic way that Holmes solved the crimes suited their interests.
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The main structure of the stories is mostly the same. Sherlock Holmes is presented with a case or a mystery, on which he sets out to find clues with which to decipher the conundrum. Watson is the narrator of the stories and he narrates everything that Sherlock does and says. Usually the reader, along with Watson is left pondering how Sherlock has solved the mystery until the very end when Sherlock explains to Watson how he figured it out. There is, however, one story where the structure differs slightly. This is in The Man with the Twisted Lip when at the beginning Watson becomes involved in the story first, instead of someone coming to Sherlock with a problem.
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Analyse the ways in which Conan Doyle uses variety of plot, setting and mood to add interest to the stories we have studied
and a helpless victim (Helen Stoner) who comes to Baker Street to ask Holmes for help. The criminal in this story is Dr Roylott who is Helen Stoner's stepfather and he wanted the Stoners family money, but he could only get it by not having his stepdaughters marry. He had killed (with a swamp adder) Helen Stoner's sister for this reason. Holmes solves the crime by linking the fact that a new ventilator had just been put in and soon after its inhabitant had died.
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One point could be that the visitor is experiencing problems with ghosts, but the other point could be that the visitors mind is just playing games with his imagination. I think that what this author has done is very good, as it makes you want to read on to find out if there are actually ghosts in 'The Red Room', or if it was just his imagination. All in all I think that this story didn't have a solution, but ended in a cliffhanger, as you still don't know what actually went on in 'The Red Room'.
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Similarly in "Silver Blaze", if the setting were different then the outcome would have changed. This type of murder is typical of the "Jonathon Creek" series. In "The Speckled Band" the red herring of the possible involvement of the gypsies is extremely weak and underlines the villains negative qualities rather than distracting the reader from the truth. However, in "Silver Blaze" there is a strong red herring. Fitzroy Simpson had a motive, opportunity and hard evidence against him. The evidence against him consisted of; the suspicion of "poisoning the stable boy", "he was undoubtedly out in the storm", "he was armed with a heavy stock, and his cravat was found in the dead man's hand".
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Watson is the narrator of the stories; he is by all accounts a literary device used to tell each story. 'In the year 1978 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University or London and proceeding to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the army.' The first lines of 'A Study in Scarlet' introduce Watson and immediately start to build his credibility as a narrator. He is shown as a learned and honourable man, a doctor and someone who has pride in his country, these things would have been very important in the Victorian times and would have helped the reader a great deal when it came to trusting him.
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The average life in the Victorian times was to live up to forty years. Crime was rife at the time as this was the time of Jack the Ripper the mass murderer, killing many prostitutes. The Victorians feared crime as they thought that the police were no good as Jack the ripper was on the loose. His victims were women who were prostitutes and his murders were brutal. Victorians believed in Sherlock Holmes as the stories began to make the Victorians trust the police. It was the way hr solved the crimes and always caught the right suspect.
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"...-- the last visitor in the whole world that I should have been glad to see under any circumstances." "His companion was a stranger, whom he addressed by the name of Jerry --..." "...--a quick, dapper, wicked - looking man who took off his cap to me with mock politeness, and showed, in so doing, a very bald head, with some very ugly - looking knobs on it." "..., and managed to get between his leering eyes and the bookcase..."
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Sherlock Holmes - Review three of the stories for a magazine called 'Crime Monthly', saying why such 'old' examples of the crime genre are still popular today. The stories studied are 'The Speckled Band', 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' and 'The Red Headed
The Victorian audience was fear-stricken and lived in constant terror of crime. Holmes surfaced at a time when crime was commonplace and the corrupted Police forces were incapable of protecting the public. An infamous example was Jack the Ripper renowned for mercilessly murdering prostitutes throughout London. To taunt the authorities, anonymous packages were sent containing mutilated body parts of his victims. The Victorian setting is portrayed in the story 'The Cooper Beeches' as letters, telegrams and notes are used to develop the plot. Sherlock Holmes provided solace to the public as he captured the hearts with his talent of solving what were deemed to be the most unsolvable of cases.
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and the anarchist (pertaining to social justice and politics). These issues in his work would disturb a reader of Wells' time because subjects such as the social and industrial changes would be on the readers' minds, and therefore cause anxiety if he were to write about them in a negative way. Edgar Allan Poe was expelled from university for drunkenness and debt, and later court martialled from the army for drunkenness again. Poe's association with alcohol in real life is reflected in his story which has many references to alcohol within it.
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After travelling for a year on the Mayumba, Conan Doyle left Portsmouth to establish his own medical practice. He then joins the Portsmouth Literacy and Scientific Society. On August 5th 1885, Conan Doyle married Louise "Toulie" Hawkins. After two years of being married, his first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, is published. Two years after this, in 1889, Mary, the first child of Conan Doyle, is born. Conan Doyle also gets Micah Clarke published, with The Sign of Four being published the year afterwards. After so many books being published, Conan Doyle gave up his medical practice in favour of writing. Conan Doyle started writing more and more with The White Company getting published in 1891.
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Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories were written over a hundred years ago. They are antiquated and out dated and have nothing to offer a modern day reader. Discuss.
This is very strange because modern day writes tend to lengthen their sentences up to, maximum, two lines. Also when you were reading it you were running out of breath because of the limited spaces to breathe whilst you were reading. Another problem that we encounter whilst reading this piece of text is the reference to things that existed in the old times, but not today. This may interrupt the reader in understanding what is going on. Vocabulary is one other major a factor which could present the modern reader difficulties. The choice of words used in the older time is not vastly different, but there are some differences, as the modern reader may struggle to interpret the definition of words.
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The Hounds of the BaskervillesWhat does the novel tell us about the English society and the ways of life in the late 19th century? Refer to lifestyles of main characters, place of servants, role of women
The lower class people had to work long hours, were uneducated (as youngsters begun work as soon as possible), worked in bad conditions and had poor pay. In some cases they couldn't afford houses and so lived on streets, if they were lucky and lived in a house then this would be overcrowded and sometimes included several generations in one tiny room. Sherlock Holmes is an upper class citizen and has a highly well paid job as a detective. He lives in London, is extremely well-educated and intelligent and leads a life of luxury.
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The Speckled Band' Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories have withstood the test of time and still entertain people as books
Helen then informs the pair of the night of her sister's death. She says that after she heard her sister scream she heard a low whistle and a metallic clang. Julia's last words refer to a 'speckled band'. She then carries on and says that 2 years after Julia's mysterious death, Helen Stoner is moved into her sister (Julia's) old room. Dr Roylott has been told of Helen's planned marriage to Percy Armitage, and once again she hears the whistle and the clang. This gives a lot for Holmes and Watson to think about before their trip to The Roylott's house, Stoke Moran.
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What do we learn about the Victorians' attitude to crime from a reading of Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'?
He uses more beast side than human side so he becomes totally insane and loses control. He was a 'most wild, profane and godless man.' He also had 'cruel humour and his name went beyond the west as a criminal, he had taken the maiden off without anyone to protect her.' The poor maiden was put up in the upper chamber and she listened to 'terrible singing, shouting and oaths.' Conan Doyle says Sir Hugo 'hath of the devil' and the 'soul to the power of evil merged with him'; Sir Hugo 'used the hounds to get the maiden'. This frightens me because he was being barbaric to her and didn't show any care for her.
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