• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Arthur Conen Doyle manipulate the conventions of the genre and an audiences expectations and deliver the moral messages that Victorian society would have expected?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

English Coursework How does Arthur Conen Doyle manipulate the conventions of the genre and an audiences expectations and deliver the moral messages that Victorian society would have expected? The two stories that I have studied, 'The Man with the twisted lip' and 'the adventure of the Speckled Band' are both written by the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle between the years 1859 - 1930. They also both feature in the story Sherlock Holmes, along with a side kick, Doctor Watson. Sherlock Holmes stories were not initially published in books, they were printed in Serial form in the Strand magazine. The Contempory audience at the time would have been familiar with the characters and the story being told from Doctor Watsons point of view, and the way in which the investigations are carried out. The Generic expectations of murder mystery stories is that there would be a villain and a victim, the crime is usually by an aggressive man who has a motive and is violent, short tempered and known as a "gold digger. The villain is also expected to be male and clever. ...read more.

Middle

The Villains in the two stories appear to be typical of the conventions or expectations of a murderer, a typical murderer in a murder mystery story is male, aggressive, shrine, unpleasant and has something to gain from the death of his victim. In 'the Adventure of the Speckled band' the villain is Dr. Roylott, uncle to the first victim. Helen Stoner who was his stepfather and stood out to Doctor Roylott as her mother was well off so Helen stood to inherit money which made her a target for Doctor Roylott. Helen Stoner describes Doctor Roylott as "Uncontrollable in his anger", this makes the reader think that he is frightening to this because she doesn't know how he will react at any particular time. Through Watson's narration of Roylott, Conan Doyle creates an image of a wild animal, a hunter, a savage beast. Roylott is described as "a fierce old bird of prey" and on leaving the apartments, he "snarled at Holmes at Watson like a vicious dog". ...read more.

Conclusion

He was an atypical victim because of the financial gain. Neville St Clare was also a villain, and he wanted to cover this up, he was saw in a window looking "very agitated". The crime and investigation in both stories subverts the generic expectations. In "The Adventure of the speckled band" the investigation is atypical because Holmes in investigating how not who. There is no weapon in the crime, it's a snake which does the damage and subverts the generic expectations, so its atypical to the generic expectations. In "The Man with the Twisted Lip", there is no crime committed even though it is a murder mystery. Sherlock Holmes investigates the mystery and finds the villain was the victim. The detectives in both stories are atypical because Holmes does it for a hobby, the enjoyment and "mental stimulation". In the end, Neville St. Clare was barred from begging ever again and Doctor Roylott was hoist by his own petard. In Conclusion, I think that these two stories are both typical in the majority of the ways in a murder mystery genre because they both adhere to the generic expectations of a murder, detective story. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle essays

  1. What Are The Conventions Of Detective Fiction And How Does Conan Doyle's Story, 'The ...

    Holmes is also portrayed as a very dedicated man, as are many detectives in detective fiction. Holmes mentions during a conversation with Watson and a very distressed Mrs. Stoner that "As to reward my profession is its own reward but you are at liberty to defray any expenses that I may be put to".

  2. An analysis of the Detective Genre.

    This quote taken from The Man With The Twisted Lip shows Watson's views towards women, he finds them feeble and weak and fragile. This is not only Watson's view but other men's as well. A woman being the weaker sex is exhibited in all of Doyle' s stories.

  1. Question: What features of Arthur Cannon Doyle's a story make them typical of the ...

    He observes her outfit and the state it's in and the 'second half of a return ticket in the palm of', her left glove. The stories are often introduced in this way to add a sense of excitement. Most detective stories start with a calm and warm scene, and then

  2. What features of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories make them typical of the detective genre?

    For instance, in 'The Beryl Coronet' the coronet is kept in Alexander Holder's bureau. Also in grand houses there are a lot of separate, huge rooms, which could lead to a lot of things being hidden without the knowledge of other people living in the same place.

  1. To what extent do The Speckled Band and The Gatewood Caper fulfil my expectations ...

    We expect the setting in a classic detective story to be a very old place from the Victorian era. In the case of the Speckled Band the mysterious death takes place in Stoke Moran an old Victorian mansion, which is a perfect example of a building where a murder might take place in a classic detective story.

  2. I have chosen to look at four short stories which were written in the ...

    Also the darkness impairs the narrator's vision so he can't be sure what's out there. It gives the reader "the don't go down there feeling." "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" however moves location from Sherlock Holmes house in Baker Street to the decaying manor house in Stoke Moran.

  1. How does Arthur Conan Doyle Manipulate the Generic Conventionsof the Genre and Audiences Expectations ...

    The method chosen would be a sinister way of committing the crime. Investigation, providing the audience with a detective and a trustworthy sidekick unravels the clues to find out whom and why. Doctor Roylott, the villain in "The Adventure of the speckled band" is described as "uncontrollable in his anger.

  2. Examine the Victorian stories

    Therefore it is important for writers to generate intrigue with what the reader will look at. In my three examples, we see that the authors use simplicity to entice the reader to explore. Conan Doyle uses titles almost as a cryptic crossword clue, you read it for the first time

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work