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From reading "The Speckled Band" by Arthur Conan Doyle, what do we learn about Victorian times?

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From reading "The Speckled Band" by Arthur Conan Doyle, what do we learn about Victorian times? In "The Speckled Band" we learn about daily life in Victorian times from the description of transport, clothes and houses. We also learn about Victorian society from the characters and their relationships with each other. From the beginning of the story we are told about the manner of which Holmes and Watson lived. . The author tells us that they are two bachelors and that they live independently. We come across this in the text when it says, "Sharing rooms as bachelors". This could propose that the two men lived separately but in the same mansion. Perhaps because they lived together, they were able to do things effortlessly and more independently. We see that Holmes and Watson have obviously inherited money. Mr Conan Doyle tells us "An acquirement of wealth" from this he implies that they have definitely inherited a fortune therefore they have no need to work. This suggests the their ancestors were very wealthy which tells us that Victorian times was lavish for some people. ...read more.

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You could say in Victorian times certain people were very lazy. From the passage, we can see that affluent citizens had vast lavish houses with servants in Victorian times. We can assume this when the author illustrates Helen's mansion. Conan Doyle describes it as, "The manor-house". The word manor also means mansion so you can assume that she is living in a mansion. This implies that she also might have had a rich family. All the bedrooms are on the ground floor this can suggest that Victorian people are lazy. The sitting rooms were in the central building this gives you an idea of how huge the houses are during thee Victorian times. All the buildings had many rooms inside because maybe they had a big family. Perhaps in Victorian times people lived with enormous family's. We also learn about the clothes people wore and how they travelled. The author mentioned something about "those wretched gypsies". We imagine people in Victorian times liked to travel. However it also suggests that being a gypsy was not respectable in those days. When someone pronounces " those wretched gypsies" suggest that people were often prejudice to outsiders in Victorian times especially gypsies. ...read more.

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The first instance being when Holmes discovered that the bell-pull did not ring and perhaps was linked with the murder. As Holmes explained, "The rope was there as a bridge for something passing" suggests that Holmes had to use his brain in order to work out who the murderer was. Another example comes about when Holmes apprehensively realizes, "The direction of the ventilator". These two pieces of information implies that Holmes was able to utilize his mind to work out who the murderer was. Throughout the story we frequently hear Holmes say, "I observe" which suggests that Holmes thought he could solve anything by observing. Perhaps Victorians also thought that they could unravel anything by observation but this was before they found new technology e.g. reading D.N.A samples. A significant factor about Victorian life was the attitudes towards women during that time. Dr.Roylott is a stereotypical Victorian father who terrorizes his stepdaughters, emotionally and physically. One of the examples we see of this is when Helen stoner is described as being like "some hunted animal" which suggests that women were treated appallingly by men. This tells us that the attitudes at the time were that women were treated as the inferior animals and referring to them as lower class, almost implying that women must be treated as animals. ...read more.

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