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Having read a range of detective stories by Conan Doyle, compare the presentations of victims and villains in The Speckled Band and two other stories.

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Having read a range of detective stories by Conan Doyle, compare the presentations of victims and villains in The Speckled Band and two other stories. In this essay, I am going to look at how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has written the Sherlock Holmes stories, looking at the victims, villains, Holmes and his dear friend Watson. The Sherlock Holmes, stories are written in the detective genre, all of the stories that I have looked at to compile this essay, have a crime, victims, and villains. It also shows this as there is always a crime that Sherlock Holmes solves, by his intelligence. The intended audience of the stories, I think is for adults, even though there maybe some younger readers, but they may not understand the story line. There are lots of stories within the collection of Sherlock Holmes. These include The Speckled Band, The Cardboard Box, and The Red Headed League. Other stories within the collection are, 'The Man With The Twisted Lip', this story, is set in the East of London. The crime to be solved is a disappearance of Neville St Claire, the villain if Hugh Boone, this is actually Neville disguised, as he faked his own death. Another of the stories within the collection is, 'Silver Blaze', the crime in this story, is that of a race horse that has been stolen and also the murder of the horses' trainer. ...read more.


The atmosphere in the Red Headed League is mysterious, strange, and dull and dark, as no one knows when John Clay is going to appear. The speckled band helps the story set the scene by description by, saying such this like, 'dummy bell ropes, and ventilators that do not ventilate'. These quotes show, that the setting fits in with the crime, for example in this story, the dummy bell rope, was for the snake to come down and kill the person. The Cardboard Box helps the story set the scene by description by, having a big section at the beginning with nothing to do with the story but it is still setting the scene. The Red Headed League helps set the scene by, providing facts about the scene, 'Suddenly my eyes caught a glimpse of light'. In the stories it portrays the victims and villains in different ways; in the speckled band it portrays the victims well, as they are quite rich and easily led. It also does the same for the villains, as you do not suspect who it is and how they did it. In the Cardboard Box, the victims well as they are just normal people, it also does the villains well, as there are a lot of suspects at the beginning but they are quickly narrowed out. In the Red Headed League, John Clay is not a typical villain as he, is related by the royal family, but the rest of the factors about him make him a typical villain, 'you may not be aware but I have royal blood'. ...read more.


I did enjoy being part of solving the crime, as in the way the story has been written it tries to get the reader involved. Our ideas of what a victim and villain nowadays are some what different. Nowadays the villains carry mobile phones and have access to the internet, and the victims have access to a police force and medical care. I do fell sort of impatient with the female victims, because if they want the crime solving then at least tell Sherlock Holmes what happened straight away. In conclusion all three stories follow the same pattern of being a detective story with Sherlock Holmes solving the crime and his physic Dr. Watson being there if he is needed. The presentation of victims and villains within the stories may have been like what the victims and villains were like at the time when the story was written, but nowadays the description of them in the story would not be classed as correct, this is due to the boom in technology. I prefer a quick read with more action and less description, as if you are going to put a lot of description in a short story, it can dramatically add to its length. But at the same time the characters must be detailed and the storyline must be fully developed, for the reader to be able to see what is happening in the story. ...read more.

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