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GCSE: Arthur Conan Doyle
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hold his tongue about the lucrative job, the reader would be suspicious of this, earning such a large amount of money for a relatively short amount of work , Lysander Stark said that he would pay Hatherly 50 guineas a incredibly large amount at the time, most readers would not earn this in a month and Hatherly was being offered this for 1 nights work, this would add to the suspicion felt towards Stark and also builds up tension. Hatherley felt unsure whether to take this work, however he chose to take the job and he was short of money and as he had had very little work recently.
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Catherine was 'almost in tears', showing how seriously she takes his views. Eddie acting like this could be seen by the audience as him being over protective ...but in his opinion he is just looking out for her. She is growing up and his disapproval could be seen as any 'fathers' concern for their child entering the adult world. Another cause of tension is Eddies disapproval a job Beatrice has been offered, when the job offer is unveiled to him he seems to be 'strangely nervous', it seems to make him feel uncomfortable.
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In "The Speckled Band" a woman named Helen Stoner visits Sherlock Holmes because of the death of her sister. Her death had something to do with Dr. Roylott, Helens stepfather. Helen Stoner tells Sherlock Holmes about her sister's last words, which were "The Speckled Band". Helen Stoner heard whistles, which is what her sister had heard before she died, that is what drove her to seeing Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Roylott threatens Sherlock Holmes and tells him not to meddle with his business. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go to Stoke Moran and explore the bedrooms that they sleep in to look for clues.
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For instance The Speckled Bands exposition is when Helen Stoner asks Sherlock Holmes for help, 'Oh sir, do you not think you could help me?' The complication is when her sister is mysteriously killed, the climax is when they find out how her sister has been killed and the resolution is when Dr Roylott is killed. The effect of following a consistent structure in a series of short stories is that the stories have a more familiar feel towards them.
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The way they behave is very different in each story, they are all very different characters but all have reasons to make you doubt them. Vincent Spaulding for instance is "an obliging youth" (page 33) and seems too good to be true and not overly suspicious; Colonel Lysander Stark and his insistence in not telling anyone anything and Dr Roylott who seems to be a bully and a bit strange and menacing. The language the villains use suit them perfectly, for example, Colonel Lysander Stark is a very suspicious person who has "something of a German accent" (page 206).
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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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He therefore decides to kill her and does this with a speckled band, a breed of snake. In 'The Final Problem', we meet Professor Moriarty who is Holmes old enemy, he is a criminal genius. Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson and P.Moriarty travel to Switzerland, and there Holmes gets pushed off a cliff and dies. The crime always takes place in a rich and middle class areas. They often use strange and curious settings in the crime places, strange objects at that time used to excite people. All the stories open in the same way, with Dr Watson telling us the story from the beginning.
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Arthur Conan Doyle uses a variety of devices to great effect but mainly create suspense within the story. I will be looking at not only how suspense is created in the first two chapters, but also how cultural context is used within the story. In Chapter 1, Baker Street is mention several times. Baker street was a well-known street and the mention of the name would allow the audience to easily get a picture in their head of the location.
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The feeling from Miss Stoner is that since she is engaged, she could have the same fate. Holmes soon realises that the value of the mother's estate if far more decreased than was originally expected; as a result, Holmes deduces that if the two sisters were to marry, Dr. Roylatt, the impetuous father and surveyor of the estate, would be left with very little, even if one were to marry. This gave Holmes his first inclination as to who may have murdered Julia, this being Dr.
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Furthermore, the fact that the structure and language of the stories were reasonably easy to read, as they are now. This was especially helpful because people were just acquiring the basic skill of reading. In addition, as the stories were originally published in the "Strand" magazine, this made them fairly accessible, which made it almost a necessity to be reading Sherlock Holmes at the time. The stories were often shorter than those of other writers, and therefore avoided unnecessary detail.
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He was clever and watched everything and was always aware. 'While his deep set, bile shot eyes and a fleshless nose, gave him a resemblance to a hawk.' He is very aware and knows what he is doing. However Sherlock Holmes recognises this fact and he says 'When a Doctor goes wrong he is the worst type of criminal, he has nerve and he has knowledge.' Sherlock Holmes is clever and recognises his enemy's weakness, his temper. 'He stepped swiftly forwards and seized the poker and bent it into a curve with his huge brown hands.'
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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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Discuss the character of Holmes, the construction of the stories and why the stories were and are so popular
Shortly afterwards Holmes declares this himself when his client Helen Stoner admits she can only reward him in a few months time; "As to reward, my profession is its own reward." Although he does require Helen to pay for any expense occurred during the case; "but you are at liberty to defray whatever expenses I may be put to, at the time which suits you best." I believe since Holmes does not accept (mostly) money as a payment to his practice, he does not have any money to pay for the expenses.
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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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What is is about the character of Sherlock Holmes that a Victorian Readership found so endearing, and how can you account for his continuing success?
At the time when the stories were written and set, Britain was in a strong capitalist age. Trade and industry were booming, making landowners, industrialists and the wealthy even richer. But along with wealth came poverty, and the poor people of Victorian Britain suffered greatly. Thousands of people (often giving up everything they owned) moved to industrial towns and cities from the country looking for work and the chance of being better off. London was seen as a city of dreams, where every man could earn well. "The streets of London are paved with gold" was a belief that gave many people hope.
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This pattern is shown in its true brilliance in The Hound of Baskervilles where it is used to take the reader through periods of spine tingling horror and then periods of quiet mystery. An example of this plot structure success can be shown in The Hound of the Baskervilles when Watson and Sir Henry Baskervilles are upon the dark moor to track down a mysterious light, when they hear a chilling howl creep across the moor, they and the reader are frozen in terror by the blood chilling call, and then Conan Doyle drops the air of mystery into the plot, in the form of Watson seeing a dark figure upon a tor.
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"I've been round to the room she had, and she'd left a letter there and a sort of diary." Notice how the inspector cuts in as Mr. Birling wishes to ask a question. The Inspector never seems to act like a normal Inspector he is very self confident. He seems to make judgement about the family's behaviour; he comments on Eric's drinking habits and highlights how the parents don't realize. The inspector doesn't talk like a policeman and never reads the family their rights. If he were a real policeman he would probably be more reassuring for the family explaining how they weren't in any trouble, but how he needs to find information with which the whole family are involved.
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He doesn't encounter love, as he feels it will interfere with his job, and cloud his judgement in a role which he sees as being vital within the area he lived. Holmes relationship with Watson is very similar to that of Inspector Morse who was described as often miserable and cranky; he would rather drink beer than talk to you. Middle-aged with white hair, he enjoys opera and classical music. Holmes uses Watson as an accessory rather than an assistant, but I think deep down, there is a slight element of real friendship.
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Most gothic story lines comprise of a vicious, evil male who is abusive towards innocent, helpless females. Arthur Conan Doyle's " The Hound of the Baskervilles" contains many of these features of gothic literature therefore I would class it as a piece of gothic literature. As already mentioned gothic novelists usually give a negative depiction of the landscape. The landscapes featured in the novels are normally described as hostile and grim. The depressing and dreary landscape that is a feature of gothic novels is also apparent in Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles." Chapter 6 of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" features the first detailed description of the landscape, when Sir Henry Baskerville is traveling across the moors for the first time to arrive at Baskerville Hall.
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He talks with the housekeepers and then walks into the room. He lights all the candles in the room but suddenly they start to go out one by one. After struggling to re-light them he is inevitably plunged into darkness, he panics, starts running into things and finally receives a blow to the head and blacks out. He wakes to the revelation that fear haunts the room. The authors have been clever in their use of first person narrative; they have made the reader feel involved in the story.
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It is clear to the reader that Conan Doyle wants you to dislike the doctor, by saying the building was "lichen-blotched" and that two wings were "thrown out"; showing a wreck of a building. The grounds are also described in this way when Holmes walks up the "ill-trimmed lawn": all these points leading to the conclusion that "Dr Roylott has other things to do than keeping the house in repair. In "The Final Problem", Holmes is put into an unknown situation at the start of the story and Conan Doyle describes this very well.
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The moor is a desolate place with no colour and the weather adds tension by being dark and misty with fog shown around at the top of the hills to make it suspicious and tense. Arthur Conan Doyle uses language to create tension and suspense by getting most of the characters to lie about important stuff that could lead to accusations or arrests. The first person to lie is Dr Mortimer lying about how much money he'll get in the will which could give him a motive to kill Sir Charles.
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In the 'Final Problem' Conan Doyle has added places outside of Britain for added realism. 'We sat in Stratousburg Salle-a-Manager arguing the question'. (The Adventure of the Final Problem). By adding real places and countries. Conan Doyle makes the audience believe Holmes is a real person. We know he is successful because many people wrote to 221b Baker Street asking for help. Arthur Conan Doyle has made Sherlock Holmes appealing to the audience by making Holmes realistic. A method he used was referring to previous cases.
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In "The Speckled Band" Holmes and Watson travel by Pony Trap, this is another type of old fashioned transport. Cars were not around at the time the stories were written, however if they were used this would spoil the story as it would ruin the setting. The old fashioned language also plays a key part in the setting, some of the words and phrases Holmes uses are no longer used in modern day society such as "Pray continue your narrative" and "alas" that are used "The Speckled Band". In the Silver Blaze Holmes says "Helloa" not only is this old fashioned language but also is it slightly unorthodox for Holmes as his grammar is of a high standard.
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Because of this the public was interested in crime. Readers were middle class people who had an education, not the poor this is shown in the language and the way the characters dress. A detective fiction story must have a detective in it to solve a crime, which could be a murder, a disappearance or a theft and the detectives function is to gather clues that will eventually lead to the person who did it. This person leaves clues in the form of finger prints, footprints and more, some of these clues can be red herrings, these are false clues that can lead the detective off the scent, as in "The Speckled Band" and "The Man with the twisted lip".
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