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How are Heroes and Villains Presented in The adventures of Sherlock Holmes(TM)?

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How are Heroes and Villains Presented in 'The adventures of Sherlock Holmes'? In "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle. There are many different villains all with similar characteristics but with key differences. These villains are presented in various ways and all bring something new to the stories. In 'The Speckled Band' we are introduced to Dr Grimesby Roylott. Right from the start it is plain that he is a fearful man. He follows the pattern for stereotypical villains. His very appearance is 'marked with an evil passion'. He is intimidating as he is described as 'so tall his hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway'. This follows a very typical pattern for villains as they often are scary and intimidating and this makes him seem more villainous. We know he is cunning as well from the description of his appearance when he is described as resembling 'a fierce bird of prey'. This shows he is cunning as birds of prey are usually very cunning and clever. Also it also tells gives us an idea of how fierce he can be. He is also a very strong man which adds to the intimidation as we know he is clearly 'a dangerous man to mess with'. ...read more.

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This shows that he is keen to get his point across and wants Miss Hunter to know that although he appears to have been kind and friendly up until know he is very serious and extremely angry and does not want her in the turret. Even going as far as too threaten to 'through her to the mastiff'. During the most part he tries to hide what makes him a villain with very friendly actions. He told her 'some of the funniest stories she had ever heard' and spent most of the time 'smiling in the most amiable manner'. This shows just how good he was at covering up his darker side. The final villain we are introduced to is Irene Adler. She is introduced during 'The Scandal in Bohemia' and is a very unusual villain compared to the others. Conan Doyle presents her differently mainly because she is a woman. However Doyle was writing a head of his time as during his era women were looked upon as inferior to men yet she is the only villain to successfully outwit Holmes. She is also the only villain of the three who never uses aggression. She relies entirely on cunning and intelligence and manages to outwit Holmes very skilfully. ...read more.

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This shows he notices and observes everything and works things out that no one else could. However in the 'Copper Beaches' he has become less of the helpful hero who would help anyone and anything. He considers himself better than others. His friend Watson was 'repelled by the egotism'. Showing a completely different side of Holmes. He is egotistical and believes the rest of the world to be beneath him. 'The public, the great unobservant public, who could hardly tell a weaver by his tooth or a compositor by his thumb. This shows that he believes himself to be better than anyone else and that the public are ignorant. Overall I think all the villains posses similar qualities but with key noticeable differences. They are all cunning and intelligence with Roylott being the only physically villainous one. And Adler being the only one successful in outwitting Holmes. Conan Doyle was writing ahead of his time by show Adler as equal to Holmes as women were looked upon as weaker at the time. As for Holmes himself we see he is not perhaps the true hero who can do no wrong he would appear in the Speckled Band. And even venturing in the worlds of drugs, which gives him darker apparel and make him more of an anti-hero. ...read more.

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