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How does Conan Doyle convey aspects of Victorian society in The Red Headed League and the Speckled Band The short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are set against the backdrop of Victorian society and moral attitudes. Conan Doyle's stories convey the Victorian moral values, the issues of the time and also the duality of man's nature is, a double life led by men. Conan Doyle linguistically conveys the duality of man's nature by the juxtaposition of 'singular' and 'dual' this is reinforced by the word 'alternatively'. Conan Doyle emphasises the contrast of Holmes's dual nature by his 'languid dreamy eyes'. This is stressed by the repetition of 'gently and his relentless keen minded nature'. An example of the duality of one of Conan Doyle's lesser characters in The Red Headed League is John Clay, one of the best examples of the duality in nature. As one week he is robbing banks in Scotland and the next week he is raising money to build a children's orphanage; this the influence of Charles Darwin questioning religious beliefs and suggests that man was reverting to bestial instincts. ...read more.


Watson refers to Jabez Wilson as a typical tradesman as he is obese, pompous and slow. Due to the class division at the time Holmes shows a lack of respect to Jabez Wilson as he pushes him back into his chair; due to the massive divide of rich and poor. Due to this severe division in social classes a sense of superiority shown by the upper and middle classes (Holmes plus Watson) towards the lower classes (Jabez Wilson). This contrast between the wealth and glamour on the one hand, in contrast to poverty and shabbiness on the other can be perfectly described by the geographical description of Saxe-Coburg square. As Saxe- Coburg square is described as a 'pokey little shabby gentile' 'weedy grass and a few clumps of faded Loral bushes'. This cluster of words can be describing people who are locked in the sadness of their poverty. This mention of 'Faded Loral bushes' articulates a sense that unlike the symbol of Roman Emporial triumph the poor's hope of success is 'Faded'. ...read more.


There are also the distinctive features of Dr Grimsby Roylott as his face was full of wrinkles burned yellow by the sun; this is another use of Conan Doyle's distinctive stand out of a crowd criminals. Also the influence of Darwin is mentioned throughout The Speckled Band as Dr Grimsby Roylott is marked with every evil passion' and had 'Deep set bile shot eyes'; Dr Roylott was also described of having lizard like features and his 'Resemblance to a fierce bird of prey' Conan Doyle conveys all the aspects of Victorian society in all of his stories to in my opinion give the reader a sense of being there with all of the descriptions of the Gothic, attitude toward criminals and the attitude of the rich and poor at the time. Conan Doyle may have done this to simplify the stories for the reader and make dysfunction between good and evil obvious. ?? ?? ?? ?? Oliver Cockayne 10N ...read more.

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