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GCSE: Arthur Conan Doyle
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but the villain was a rough mean murderer, the reader would lose interest, however if the story was set in a grimy, wet, cold and dark part of London the story would fit with the crime that was committed whether murder or theft. In Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle uses the setting of his stories to demonstrate and amplify the danger and roughness of Holmes adventures and to tie in with the way the villain acts in the stories they appear in.
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What Do You Think There Is To Interest The Reader In The Sherlock Holmes(TM) Stories And Why Do You Think This Interest Has Been Maintained In Conan Doyle(TM)s Writing For Over A Century?
The mystery is portrayed taking several different angles into the stories. The most common frame of mystery is the person who appears at the beginning of the story asking for help: "A lady dressed in black and heavily veiled, who had been sitting in the window rise as we entered," this quote from "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" is similar to quotes found in many of Conan Doyle's other stories, dark figures, hiding identities and appearing at inconvenient times of the day are all aspects that regularly play part in the opening of the story.
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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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Discuss the two Sherlock Holmes stories and say which you think is the more effective detective story
Closely linked with this is the fact that the ending has to be a surprise to the reader. Again, the reader will feel let down if this is not the case and the answer becomes clear part-way through. A surprise makes the reader feel as if the story was worth reading as they get a feeling of understanding as they realise how the clues fit together. This surprise, however, must fit all of the clues given previously. To make a detective story even better, the author will build up an atmosphere through use of interesting language and dialogue, giving the story a sense of mystery.
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Unlike in the stories of Sherlock Holmes or "CSI crime" "The bill" uses more then one detective just like in Sherlock Holmes. Another detective story based on the stories of Sherlock Holmes is the TV series called "Colombo" who is a homicide detective and is very cunning just like Sherlock Holmes. Colombo however unlike other modern detectives is a very unconventional detective because when he's on a case he acts very senseless and seems as though he isn't a very good detective, however towards the end he solves the murder very cunningly.
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Baskerville Hall is a big mansion located in an isolated area surrounded with land and individual passages. This helps to create suspense because the characters as well as the audience are taken into a dark, mysterious and unknown place. The story of the novel is that there is a convict on the loose, who is controlling a vicious hound. Sir Charles Baskerville is the first victim of the hound. He dies a suspicion death. So Doctor Barrymoore calls Sherlock Holmes, a police detective, who uses only logic to explain things.
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We know he does not care about how other people see him and possibly enjoys being the 'terror of the village' having 'no friends at all, save the wandering gypsies'. The way he speaks show confidence as he believes that he induces fear as he tells Sherlock to 'keep out of my grip'. His actions speak louder than words though as he is a very violent and 'often uncontrollable in his anger'. This is shown when he 'hurled the local blacksmith'.
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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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When Helen says "It is not cold which makes me shiver" and "It is terror". This builds up the idea of the story as then she begins to tell Holmes about her problem. By noticing how she is terrified and telling Holmes about the mystery she is facing, we automatically find that we are dealing with a murder mystery genre. The way Holmes observes everything Miss Stoner does shows he is a very clever man and leads you to think she has come to him for him to solve her mystery, this gives us the idea he is a detective, further convincing us that there is a mystery to be solved.
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The novel is packed full of suspense as it was originally serialised in instalments in 'The Strand Magazine'. These episodic portions were published in the magazine each week and to make the reader part with the cash that would buy him next weeks copy, suspense was used, as each week the novel ended on a 'cliff-hanger' An example of this suspense is when Dr James Mortimer is explaining what he observed in the aftermath of Sir Charles Baskervilles death. He says to Sherlock Homes in a faint voice that he found "the footprints of a gigantic hound!"
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"Whatever your reasons may be, you are perfectly correct," said she." This ability leaves the reader in complete awe and amazement; this is reflected by the other characters. The Sherlock Holmes stories were originally published in The Strand magazine towards the end of the nineteenth century, where they became extremely popular, with a monthly circulation of over half a million copies each month. Most of the success of the stories is attributable to the fact that many of the concerns and issues raised in the stories were shared by the audience of the time; for instance: Holmes opinion of the
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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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Holmes also estimates a right age for the owner of the walking stick. The reader is now probably amazed by Holmes' correct calculations. He makes gentle fun of Watson because of his wrong conclusions, but at the same time, he thanks Watson for his reconstruction of Dr. Mortimer. Section 2 A lot of the success of the Hound of the Baskervilles comes from the hero-Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes is a character that lives an odd sort of life. He's eccentric and almost un-human. An example of his eccentricity is that he sometimes stays up all night, thus waking up late. Also, Dr. Mortimer, a phrenologist, spots that Holmes' skull has a strange shape.
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote sixty stories about Sherlock Holmes. He wrote four novels and fifty six short stories of which Dr Watson narrates all but four of them. The stories were set at the time when they were written and covered a period from around 1878 up to 1903, during Queen Victoria's reign and quickly became extremely popular. One of the main reasons that the character of Sherlock Holmes was so popular was because he always solved the crimes similar to those that the readers were reading about and seeing for themselves in their everyday life.
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Holmes adores a challenge and is willingly enough to accept. Holmes is well educated and of a high social class, and therefore his attitude to the law could be said to be 'snobbish'. I can support this as in the story 'Silver Blaze', Holmes remarks: "I follow my own methods, and tell as much or as little as I choose." This is rather 'snobbish' as he is doing as he wants and putting himself above the law on what he determines they should and not know on the situation. He is then depriving the law on what they are committed to as Holmes is in the way of trying to understand the case.
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Compare the way the authors of "The Red Room", "The Old Nurse's Story", and "The Man with the Twisted Lip" create tension and suspense
We discover that a man who believes "that it would take a very tangible ghost to frighten" him is going to spend the night in this room to try and prove that there are no ghosts in the room. At the end of the story we are told that there were no ghosts in the room but instead "fear that will not have light nor sound that will not bear with reason, that deafens and darkens and overwhelms" is what the man discovered in the room.
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Henceforth, now they are world famous. His first story was called a study in scarlet; this was a big hit for the people of England. Also when the strand magazine published these they got an artist called Sidney Paget to do the illustrations to complete the stories. In total Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories. His "supposed" last story was The Final Problem written in 1895. In 902 He wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles but fans were not pleased by only one more story (this was wrote before the death of Holmes).
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He also saw a milk bowl in Dr Roylott's room which he found quite suspicious as they didn't have a cat but had a cheetah and a baboon outside, he also found a curled dog-lead which was also very suspicious as they didn't have a dog. After this Sherlock Holmes had come to a conclusion but didn't tell Helen or Watson what it was, instead he asked whether Helen could stay in her room (as she was staying in her sisters room as there was building work going on in hers)
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The legend began when Hugo Baskerville died. The night he died he attempted to rape a maiden and she escaped. Hugo decided to set his hounds on the maiden. He mysteriously died and the hound was to blame. This creates gothic sensations such as a supernatural being and ill treatment of women, which both are included in gothic literature. The settings and atmosphere were very important in gothic novels. 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' is set on a mysteriously forbidding moor.
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"Stared" shows he is admiring the scenery while "eagerly" puts emphasis on how he wants to see more and is keen to take everything in of the Devonshire countryside. As they travel through and beyond the countryside the mood of the passengers begin to change as Young Baskerville starts explaining "his fathers death", this sets a depressive mood/atmosphere which is later matched up with the outside scenery. "His father" sets a chilling mood, as the readers know that his father carried a curse, also "death" sets a depressing mood and reminds everyone of the case and takes them away from the lush countryside.
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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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He is intelligent and is great at disguising himself. The readers know what to expect because he is very observant as he always works out the truth at the end. He likes to be challenged by taking the especially hard cases for himself and leaving the easy ones to the police. Sherlock Holmes is respected in both stories both story opens the same way by the disturbance from a distressed woman. Dr. James Watson has changed between the two stories. In 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band' he was not married (bachelor), but in 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' He is married comfortably.
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The lives and values of Victorian society represented in "The Man with the Twisted Lip" and "The Speckled Band"
There is evidence of this in "The Speckled Band", when the daughter of Dr. Roylott is able to travel faster to the city to meet Sherlock Holmes as she took a train, "You took a train I see." Along with this was the industrial revolution, which brought rising crime rates and pollution. As the cities were crowded, due to large amounts of working class going to towns to get work, the Victorian rich were scared for their safety. In "The Man with the Twisted Lip" Mrs St. Clair was to said to be, "In the hope of seeing a cab as she did not like the neighbourhood."
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