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HOW DOES CONAN DOYLE CREATE SUSPENSE IN HIS STORIES

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HOW DOES CONAN DOYLE CREATE SUSPENSE IN HIS STORIES?

The detective genre is very popular among the public and there are many books, films and television programs based on it that, according to research, are more popular with women than with men. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was writing in the 1880's, uses a variety of techniques to produce suspense in his Sherlock Holmes stories, all of which are vital for the creation of tension.

All of his stories are structured in a similar way: at the beginning the reader is given a very detailed account of the crime, then Holmes and Watson investigate the scene of the crime, and finally right at the end of the story the solution is provided by Holmes and all becomes clear: 'It means that it is all over'. This structural technique keeps the reader guessing for the majority of the story, leaving the reader in suspense until all is revealed at the end. This is good because the reader is (usually) given all of the clues and has a chance to play the role of the detective to try and solve the crime, usually without success, which makes

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