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  1. Examine How Tension and Suspense are ¡®Created in The Stolen Bacillus¡¯ and ¡®The Adventure of the Speckled Band¡¯

    So we are told right at the beginning that this visiting 'scientist' is not from around the setting or does not get out much, and, for a scientist, knows nothing about microscopes. This gives the impression that he may not be who he claims to be. The visitor soon asks if the deadly bacteria he is studying are 'alive', then 'with a slight smile'1 asks if the bacteriologist has any 'live' specimens of the cholera germ, indicating that he has an ulterior motive to visiting.

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  2. With reference to two of the stories that you have read discuss what makes Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle such a successful crime writer within the genre of detective writing

    However, if the daughters were to marry they would get a percentage of the assets. When the sister was to marry she died suspiciously one night, however nothing could be proven. Now Miss Stone is to marry and she has been moved to the room her sister died in. Miss Stoner is hearing the same noises her sister said she heard just before she died. We are introduced the clues as Holmes investigates. He sets a trap in the room Miss Stoner is supposed to be sleeping. When Watson and Holmes hear the hissing they beat at the bed.

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  3. You Sherlock Holmes are now knighted

    The first thing that I did was to called over my companion Watson to look at the letter. We both looked at the letter and tried to find out who had sent it to me? I discovered that the letter had come form a wealthy German speaking man. The letter told me that he was to come over to my house to talk about his problem. Before my client was to come over I needed to try and come to some conclusion about the letter. But before I could work out what to say the doorbell had rung.

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  4. How does James Watson use characters and their relationships to explore conflict and co-operation in Talking In Whispers?

    The characters and relationships between them develop throughout the story, displaying many examples of conflict and co-operation. The twins, Isa and Beto were on their way to market in San Miguel to perform one of their usual puppet shows when Andres flagged them down while running from the secret police. Though at first only taken on as a hitchhiker, tragedy strikes on their chosen route as the Silver Lion, an election candidate is assassinated. Isa decides to put Andres up for the night at the mill, from where the friendship grows. It isn't long before he sees the twins as his friends and considers them important in his decision making; common sense urged Andres to return to the mill and to his friends, Isa and Beto.

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  5. The Clubfooted Grocer by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - How does the author add mystery and suspense in this story?

    Events 1-3 The first strange thing that happens in this Prose is that we find out that Mr. Maple is doing illegal trading for his regular customers, we find this out by the quote "Does a curious mixed business". The word curious tells us that his business is not legal. The main event is when Mr. Maple is viscously attacked by a customer and suffers a broken leg, three broken ribs and a leg three inches shorter than the other. The suspect serves fifteen years penal servitude and Mr. Maple moves to the lonely part of Northern England.

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  6. What appeal would the story “Speckled Band” have on Victorian audiences?

    He successfully attempts to murder one of his stepdaughters. And now he is planning to kill Helen Stoner. He makes her to move to a small room where her sister died. The small room where she has to move is like a trap, the bed is fixed to the floor and there is hole, which interconnect two rooms. Mrs Helen Stoner fears for her life and an early morning in April, she dresses in black and is heavily veils goes to town to seek help from Sherlock Holmes. When she sees Sherlock Holmes she tells him about her sister's tragic death, how she hers whistling in the middle of the night and how Dr Roylott keeps exotic animal at home.

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  7. 19th Century Prose- Detective Essay.

    Sherlock Holmes has several methods and styles of detection, which make him a good private detective. He is a master of disguise; he can fool anybody, even his closest counterpart, Watson. He assumes a character often to infiltrate somewhere, or snoop about without it being known he is a private detective. "It was not merely that Holmes changed his costume, his expression, his manner his very soul seemed to vary with every fresh part that he assumed".

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  8. ‘Of all the stories in ‘the adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ ‘The speckled Band’ is probably, the one that most successfully combines all the quality’s of a classic detective story.’ What in your opinion are these qualitie

    They tog ether solve crimes. In 'The Speckled Band' the two main characters are Miss. Stoner and Dr.Roylett who is the stepfather of Miss. Stoner. Sherlock Holmes is shown as a very educated man and he is also very observant. This is shown when he is talking to Miss. Stoner. "You have come in by train this morning, I see" "You know me, then?" "No, but I observed the second half of a return ticket in the palm of your glove" Mr Holmes has very strong powers of deduction, he thinks logically and takes everything in that he observes.

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  9. In what ways is Dr Roylott a portrait of evil and how does this reflect the fears of the Victorian age?

    His unattractive appearance reinforces the image of a villain. He is described as a powerful man: "huge" and terrifyingly "framed ......in the aperture." Here Conan Doyle signals to the readers his immense power and strength. The author depicts his "peculiar" as a mixture of the "professional" and of the " agricultural type. His attire consists of a "black top hat ...... long frock coat and pair of high gaiters." Eccentricity of dress helps signal his unconventional nature. Roylott's "large face" depicts "every evil passion" he has inside him. Conan Doyle describes his "deep-set, bile shot" eyes, intended to inspire fear and repulsion in the 19th Century Society.

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  10. Comparing and contrasting Silver Blaze and Finger Man

    In Hard-boiled stories the detective solves the mystery by creating more trouble and being tough but does not return society to order or vindicate the power of reason. It was this new Hard Boiled setting that Raymond Chandler set his stories, and created his hard boiled detective Philip Marlow. Philip Marlow was first introduced in 1921 through a magazine called The Black Mask, which contained his short stories. Both Silver Blaze and Finger Man are fictional Detective stories, but differ in many different ways from language and dialogue to cultural changes shown between both stories.

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  11. Discuss how the authors create tension and discuss the devices used to mislead the reader in 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Monkey's Paw'

    These two events evoke tension because these events are directly linked to this one case which at this point, we still do not know about. The location of this suspicious death, the austere house of Stake Moran which ?was of grey, lichen-blotched stone, with a high central portion and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab.? Only three people live in this spooky house. It seems rather odd that in this grand manor house only three people live.

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  12. Hound of the Baskervilles- Dairy writing (Mrs. Stapleton)

    Should I give him an explicit warning when my husband and others were away? How should I tell him? All these questions struggled in my mind. By the time Selden, the escaped prisoner, was dead, I already suspected my husband planning another crime. I still remembered he came home in great surprise and disappointment that night. Why my husband became a deceiver? Just then, my husband came in. I wanted to persuade him to stop threatening Sir Henry. I pretended nothing had happened at the beginning. However, that swindler soon realized something wrong. Seeing my apprehensive face, he grasped that I knew he was planning another crime.

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  13. Compare and Contrast: Edgar Allan Poe & Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle

    Edgar Allan Poe sure knew how to keep the reader entertained with crazy stories. For instance his stories "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", it is about a murder of a mother and her daughter. It took place in Paris. They were both found dead in their home. One was brutally strangled and shoved up a chimney and the mother was nearly decapitated outside in the backyard of the house, with no robbery intentions. On the other hand, Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle writes a short story about a king being blackmailed by a woman who holds a photograph about the king committing an infidelity.

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  14. Themes in "The Adventure Of The Speckled Band".

    This whole quote is a powerful symbol which tells the reader that she is in a terrible condition. Also, it puts an image in the readers mind of the structures and features of the body that must have worn out due to a long period of time of stress. This is typical of women when they loose a relative that they be in deep depression. When we first meet Dr. Roylott, his background personality has already been revealed by his step daughter. His motivation is to keep Helen under control. Dr. Roylott has no persona because his personality reveals himself as an angry and aggressive man.

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    These characters are very different; they have nothing in common, for example: while Sherlock is a great observer, Dr. Watson is terrible at this. 1. Main body of essay. 2.1 Sherlock Holmes. 2.1.1 Physical appearance. Sherlock is thin, tall, has a thin nose, deep eyes and long nervous hands 2.1.2 Psychological Character and behavior: Sherlock is observant, cold minded , precise, and has a balanced mind, he is also a great observer. 2.2 Dr. Watson. 2.2.1 Physical appearance 2.2.2 Psychological Character and behavior Dr. Watson is all the opposite of Sherlock, he is an ordinary man, who lacking in Holmes's insight but also he profoundly admires Holmes.

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  16. Sherlock and Watson's Relationship

    Sherlock with the help of Watson will try to get back the photo, but Irene Adler seems to be the only woman who can afford his dextery. Sherlock Holmes phiysically is tall, thin ,with a hook nose, deep eyes and long nervous hands, pshycologically he is is very observant, a cold man, very energetic, drug addict, a very eccentric and mental man, he does not use any violence ,he has a really cynical sense of humor.

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