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Examine the methods used by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to maintain the reader's interest in the murder mystery, 'The Speckled Band'.

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Examine the methods used by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to maintain the reader's interest in the murder mystery, 'The Speckled Band'. I think that a good murder mystery is made a success by having certain qualities. The structure is that it must have an interesting beginning, that makes the reader want to read on, suspense throughout and a twist in the tale at the end. In this specific story the narrator, Watson has included all the necessary characters for a good murder mystery. They are the detective, a side kick, the suspect, and the victim. Conan Doyle has written a fantastic plot to the story and has added plenty off suspense and mystery throughout the story. The way in which he uses and structures his words are deliberate to make the reader intrigued. Arthur Conan Doyle's reason for writing this is that his stories were published in The Strand Magazine, and he wanted the public to continue buying further magazines to read the next story. The creation of a good character is a vital part in any story, but even more so in a story such as this. Sherlock Holmes plays a crucial part, along with his sidekick, Watson. It is clear to you as a reader from the beginning that, 'Holmes working for himself, rather for the love of his art than the acquirement of wealth,' loved his job. ...read more.

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Conan Doyle presents Dr Grimesby to be the main suspect. He convinces the reader by saying, 'you are not telling me all.... you are screening your stepfather.' He is then described by Helen to be a, 'hard man.' The way he has followed Helen to Holmes is also suspicious. His facial appearance is then described to be those of an evil man for it says he was 'tall, had a large face, seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow, with sun marked with every evil passion.' It then continues to go on about his 'bile-shot eyes and his thin fleshless nose,' which gave him the resemblance to a fierce old bird of prey. It is also a typical, yet very well detailed example of a villain/murderer .He spoke abrupt and very rudely to Holmes and Watson. He asked many questions to them, some which he screamed. He called Holmes a, 'meddler ... a scoundrel.' Then goes on, to more insults, such as, 'a busy body, the Scotland Yard jack-in-office.' Holmes is amused by this conversation, as it says 'he chuckled heartily.' He then becomes even more aggressive as he addresses the pair in a malicious way, telling them he is the wrong man to be messing with as he is, 'very dangerous.' Before leaving he picked up a poker and, 'bent it into a curve.' ...read more.

Conclusion

Dr Grimesby Roylott's death on the other hand was more unanticipated than anything else, as you did not think this was going to happen that is why it was like a bolt from the blue when the, 'horrible cry,' from him took place, the words, 'it swelled up louder and louder, a hoarse yell of pain and fear and anger all mingled into one.' this is a deepened description of a gruesome death. The twist in the ending had to be when the doctor's plan back fired and the snake killed him with his poison. You would have never thought that that was going to happen in a million years. It was very witty how Conan Doyle come up with this ending, as it really had the reader feeling taken aback, by the unexpected end to the story. It was satisfying though to no that the Doctor got what he deserved, and you felt like justice was reached. Conan Doyle's techniques were very pleasing throughout. The reader's interest was without a doubt maintained the whole time throughout. I found the story to be without a doubt outstanding and of a very high standard. The style of murder mystery writing has not really changed up until this present day. Many of Sherlock Holmes' more successful stories have been made into thriving, television programmes and films, which has been proven to be a great success throughout the years, using similar plots and characters. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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