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Explore the points of comparison and differences between Conan Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” and Rendell’s “Bloodlines” – Wider Reading

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This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database Click here to visit Courswork.Info Explore the points of comparison and differences between Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" and Rendell's "Bloodlines" - Wider Reading The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Bloodlines by Ruth Rendell diverge in a number of ways. These two stories were written at different times during history. The Adventure of the Speckled Band was written in the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century, where as Bloodlines was written in the mid to late nineteenth century. These two stories are set about one hundred years apart. The differences in the stories can be compared in the following ways: The character and method of the detectives in each short story are not the same. In The Adventure of the Speckled Band, Sherlock Holmes is the detective and Dr. Watson is his accomplice. Holmes has appeared in many of Conan Doyle's previous works of literature. He comes across to the reader as mysterious and clever. He is regarded as mysterious due to his alleged brown cape and hat. This vision of him makes the reader think that he likes to keep things to himself (which he does). He is quiet when he is not absorbed in a case, and he is calm and collected for the majority of the time. He rarely loses his temper throughout the whole of the story. Sherlock Holmes is also delineated as extremely clever in the way he thinks and acts. He has meritorious analytical and observatory skills. ...read more.


Watson's purpose is partly as a dramatic device in which he is the narrator. This helps to keep the suspense because Holmes doesn't tell Watson anything he discovered. Although Watson is the narrator, he doesn't dominate the narrative and we can see that Holmes is the leader and he takes control. In Bloodlines, as mentioned before, Wexford and Burden's relationship is mostly a professional one although they are friendly enough towards each other to go out for drinks with each other. As said before, Wexford and Burden do not work together, where as Holmes and Watson do in the stories. Due to that fact, we cannot really compare the relationships of Wexford and Burden's with that of Holmes and Watson's. Although Burden is a police officer, he does not work with Wexford. Burden's opinions about characters and situations underline Rendell's view of society. The crime and the way the facts are revealed to the reader are different in the two stories even though they are both murder crimes. In The Adventure of the Speckled Band the reader can tell who had committed the crime, but not how it was done. On the other hand, in Bloodlines, one knows how the murder was accomplished, but not who had done it. Both of the crimes involved in the two stories are murders and both stories feature stepfathers and money. In The Adventure of the Speckled Band, it is the stepfather that commits the crime. Dr. Roylott then dies at the end of the story. In Bloodlines the stepfather is already dead. ...read more.


Bloodlines on the other hand show us clearly how women are treated in society. Heather Peterlee is abused and beaten in the story when Tom Peterlee was still alive. What is so ironic is that Carol Fox murdered Tom and Heather and Carol are providing alibis for each other all the way through the story. This fact demonstrates that women can be just as strong as men. The formality of the two texts is also different. This is due to the fact that they were set about a century apart. The dialogue in Bloodlines is casual and colloquial. This does not necessarily show that people are close to each other, but people in the 20th century talk to each other in a generally less formal way. To come to a conclusion, one can say that two stories can be similar in genre, length and other superficial points, yet quite different as a whole. Prime examples of this are the deviation in the setting, as well as the sense of morals, mainly due to the time period each story was set in. Other than that, both are unmistakably mystery novels, and contain similar themes such as suspense, puzzles, and a strong anticipation for the conclusion of the story. These motifs are all present in both The Adventure of the Speckled Band and Bloodlines. One can see that although they are both crime genre stories, they have many differences as well as similarities in characters, themes, and setting. However, both share the same conclusion, where the main character eventually solves the enigma of the case, and justice is finally done. This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database Click here to visit Coursework.Info/ ?? ?? ?? ?? Xue Chen 10Y Tuesday 2nd January 2001 1 ...read more.

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