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Examining the roles of Sherlock Holmes in two short stories. 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Cardboard Box.'

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Examining the roles of Sherlock Holmes in two short stories. 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Cardboard Box.' I am going to compare both 'The Speckled Band' and ' The Cardboard Box' which are Sherlock Holmes stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle. 'A Study in Scarlet' was Arthur Conan Doyle's first novel, introducing both characters Holmes and Watson and including how they met. 'A study in Scarlet' was written in three weeks in 1886 and published in 1887. A.C. Doyle based Sherlock Holmes on Dr Joseph Bell, a surgeon and teacher he had studied with while attending Edinburgh University. Sir Henry Littlejohn, who taught forensic medicine to Doyle also made a large impression and contributed to the development of Holmes's character. Dr John Watson a fellow Southsea doctor who served time in Manchuria received the honour of having Holmes's partner named after him. The Strand Newspaper newly founded in 1890 published a series of short stories called 'The adventures of Sherlock Holmes.' From that point on the public could not get enough of Holmes and his always reliable, confident, John H Watson, a retired military doctor. ...read more.

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In these short stories about Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle tries to get across the fact that Holmes is better at solving hard mystery crimes. Holmes came to hear about the cases many ways one of which is through the Police. When the Police get a case they cannot solve they go to Holmes for help. "..Our friend Lestrade. I had a note from him this morning." Lestrade is a Police Inspector with Scotland Yard and needs help from Holmes with this case. Holmes only like's cases which challenge his intellect "this case is very much in your line" this is contained in the note sent by Lestrade. Sometimes the cases come to Sherlock Holmes by past clients "it seems that a young lady has arrived in a considerable state of excitement." Here the person involved has come straight to Holmes so he can solve the mystery crime. The relationship between Holmes and Watson is strange. To begin with the readers are under the impression that it is a partnership but this quickly changed by a few hints "insists upon seeing me." ...read more.

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"I should prefer that you would not mention my name at all in connection with the case, as I choose to be associated only with those crimes which present some difficulty in their solution." Here Holmes feels that this case was easy and he would rather people did not know he solved such a case and humiliate the police force. What made Sherlock Holmes so successful was the fact that he did not work with the police force and the way the police and detectives actually came to Holmes for help also his characteristics that made Holmes attractive to the readers were his integrity, sensibility, rational decisiveness, lack of emotionalism and intellectual superiority which were measured and reported by Watson. The relationship between Holmes and Watson are similar to detectives today. Take Inspector Morse and the relationship he has with Lewis, it is obvious that Morse is in charge and Lewis is his side kick in a similar way to Watson. I think that Sherlock Holmes has a unique way of solving mystery crimes but if the stories were to be brought out today the crimes would need to be more intense and not so easy to solve. By Tyler Littleboy Historical ...read more.

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