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Examine the ways the authors treat the ideas of 'the outsider', 'threat' and 'danger'.

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Examine the ways the authors treat the ideas of 'the outsider', 'threat' and 'danger'. In your response refer to: * The effects achieved by the author * The effects of the writers' choice of language and form * The social and historical, cultural context and literary tradition The Victorian age was one with so many changes in society. It was a time of scientific and technological advance which led to old ideas being questioned. Prosperity was limited and there was a growing division between the rich and poor. These changes created the outsiders in society. They were outsiders because they felt that they had no place in society or could not fit into beliefs expected of them. All these five stories: 'The Red Room', 'The Man With The Twisted Lip', 'The Terribly Strange Bed', 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Stolen Bacillus' involve characters who are outsiders in some way. ...read more.


The young man of 'eight-and-twenty years' is a great believer in science and is determined to disprove the existence of so-called ghosts. What happens is that though he has not met a ghost, he has a terrifying experience produced by fear. The two Sherlock Holmes stories are also concerned about with danger, the possibility of crimes and how they can be prevented. Methods of crime detection were not developed and various frightful crimes were committed creating a sense of danger among people. The part that Holmes plays in preventing a crime and in solving the mystery of the missing Mr.Clair would have the readers feeling that though there was danger, they were brave and intelligent people who would deal with it. Dr.Roylott is killed by his own unusual weapon because of what Holmes does and Mr.Clair is saved and his embarrassing secret is not revealed. ...read more.


In the Sherlock Holmes stories, the danger comes from an unusual crime. Dr.Roylott is a doctor from a upper class background who are also outsiders. He has strange animals and is feared and avoided by people of nearby villages. It shows that although there are dangers in society, there is also people who can protect society. The use of language the writer uses is suited to the characters and the situation of each story. The Stolen Bacillus contains a lot of scientific terms from pre-20th century. For example, the ' celebra thin of cholera' and. The sense of danger is created through the language. The way the anarchist sees 'Death! Death!' is frightening because the reader feels that he will create a terrible crime. At the same time, the description of the anarchist's 'deep grey eyes', the 'hagged expression' and nervous manner gives the impression that the person is not as he seems. ...read more.

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