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How does Conan Doyle present the character of Watson in the Sherlock Holmes stories

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How does Conan Doyle present the character of Watson in the Sherlock Holmes stories? Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh and was educated at Stony Hurst College and the University of Edinburgh. From 1882 to 1890 he practiced medicine in Southsea, England. His first novel, A Study in Scarlet, the first of 60 stories featuring Sherlock Holmes, appeared in 1887. this helped boost the start of the crime genre. For a while he finished the stories, but with debts and great public support he created another collection of the Holmes stories, due to the fact they were in high demand. Conan Doyle sadly died in Crowborough, Sussex, England, on July 7, 1930. Holmes is an intellectual detective who although spends a lot of the time by his self still depend on a valiant partner to accompany him on his cases, in this case Dr Watson. Dr Watson, in the Sherlock Holmes stories, is portrayed as particularly as an average British person helping his friend in his cases. ...read more.

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Usually all narration starts with an narration of the time and area, consequently, this is no different, Watson gives several openings like this; "In the third week of November, in the year 1895, a dense yellow fog settled down upon London. From the Monday to the Thurs- day I doubt whether it was ever possible from our windows in Baker Street to see the loom of the opposite houses." (The adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans) Arthur Conan Doyle uses Watson as a source of information to the reader, from the most obvious points to difficult points that are developed over time, the use of this is to get the reader more involved in the storyline and helps them follow the plot more. For example; "I see nothing more than the bell rope" (Speckled Band) Although basic, we can now gather information and we have a clue. Eventually with clues we can develop our own ideas and relate them to the end of the story in which Holmes deduces the case. ...read more.

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Then in sequence the story is introduced along with Watson's straightforward questions and Holmes unusual approach of asking questions from different aspects. Then the various discussions between the two main characters gives us the vital information and clues to progress our thoughts. Afterwards, we get Watson's version of the incident which is always wrong, then, Holmes gives us the information that Watson didn't see and tells us the rest of the case. In my opinion, the best of the Sherlock Holmes stories is The Last Bow, this is because it is packed with suspense and tension throughout. It shows drama and suspense in different places which is why I enjoy it. Crime fiction has been developed over the years with such characters as Poirot. But all the characters have been portrayed similarly to Sherlock and Holmes. Crime fiction is so popular because it helps us become more involved and able to interact with the story. Today people such as Agatha Christie have carried on the crime genre which in my opinion is successful. The use of technology in the art of forensic science in Doyle's books is why, in my opinion, they are successful because in those days the technology had just started and they were intrigued by it. ...read more.

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