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Explain the characteristics of three or more of your favourite characters in "the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes".

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Explain the characteristics of three or more of your favourite characters in "the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" The two main characters of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are Dr. John Watson and Sherlock Holmes. They are both complex characters in their own ways, though Holmes is more mysterious. This may be because Watson narrates the stories, so we can see what he thinks and feels. About Holmes we only see what Watson thinks of him, and what he says. It could be difficult to see why two so very different people are friends, but each has his own reason for continuing the association, based on his personality and what benefits he gets out of working with the other. Dr. Watson is a physician in general, civil practice. He is an old friend and assistant of Holmes', who shared rooms with Holmes before his marriage. Watson is not as smart as Holmes, but has his own talents, and is much more down-to-earth. He is more practical than his friend, concerned with details of daily life more than with theories and ideas, though those things hold a distant interest for him. ...read more.

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These stories are told by Watson, as he follows Holmes' deductions and work piece by piece until the mystery is solved. Most of the time, Watson knows no more about what is going on than the reader does, as he carefully reports what he sees and hears, but cannot guess what Holmes is thinking or why he takes certain actions. Each story begins with an introduction to the problem, then an explanation of its elements, then describes how Holmes goes about solving it. Usually they end with Holmes explaining each step in his methods to Watson. Though they are mysteries, not all the stories involve a crime. Many of the cases are about unusual events or people, such as the second one in the book, "The Red-Headed League", about a man who gets tricked by a plot to distract him while work to break into a bank is undertaken. Another, "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle", begins with a lost hat and Christmas goose and becomes a search for a jewel thief. Holmes is most interested by such uncommon crimes. There are twelve stories included in the book, though the order seems to be somewhat random, so they are only generally in chronological order. ...read more.

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Watson and Holmes don't discuss her much, though it is clear they feel sorry for her predicament, dealing with an abusive and possibly murderous stepfather and having lost her twin sister. Even the often cold Holmes remarks that she has been "cruelly used" when he sees the bruises, and Watson and Holmes agree that it is a sinister situation. When Miss Stoner's stepfather shows up after she has left, Holmes just puts off his questions, ignoring them, committed to helping the woman. The story ends with the death of the stepfather, and after that mention of Miss Stoner is left to a quick summary. Watson explains that she was brought to the care of her aunt, indicating that even after the death of her tormentor she did not recover completely. However, despite her terror and panic, she comes across as having strength, so the reader might imagine she eventually picks up the pieces of her life. Helen Stoner is a good example of a character in Adventures, realistic and interesting in a way that has the reader rooting for Holmes' victory over her problems. Holmes nearly always succeeds in solving his cases, allowing the reader to feel that someone can bring order to a chaotic and sometimes evil society. Good men and rational thinking can win the day. ...read more.

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