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"How does Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle create suspense in 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band.'

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English Essay on "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" "How does Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle create suspense in 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band.' In the gripping crime mystery 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band' we see how the well-known author Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle has cunningly devised suspense in a variety of different ways. The chronology of the story along with the authors background, the location and era, mannerisms and appearance of the characters are many of the ways in which suspense has been cleverly created in this novel. The author of 'The adventure of the Speckled Band' Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle went to Edinburgh university and he served as a doctor in India. Whilst he was serving in India he gained a lot of experience of exotic animals and medicines. He learnt about medicines and he knew about snakes and poisons and this gave DR. Grimsby Roylott a motive for murder. This all helped Conan-Doyle to successfully create the character of DR. Grimsby Roylott. Roylott was also a doctor and he too spent time in India where he married his wife 'When Roylott was in India he married my mother, Mrs stoner...' this just briefly describes Roylott Joseph Bell tutored Conan-Doyle. This had helped him to create the character of Sherlock Holmes. Like Joseph Bell, Sherlock Holmes is good at detecting. ...read more.

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here we can see that Holemes thinks that Roylott has a motive for killing his stepdaughter, Julia but yet he doesn't say for definite that this is what he thinks. And Evan if Holmes did think Roylott killed Julia. He hasn't yet figured out how. There are several characters in this story and they all help to create suspense in different ways. Watson introduces the story and this in itself adds mystery. He is Holmes sidekick. He begins by saying 'on glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend Sherlock Holmes... but none commonplace.' Just in this introductory (1st) sentence we get the impression that it is going to be an interesting case. The words and phrases that are used in Watson's introduction such as 'I cannot recall any which represented more singular features than that which was associated with the well-known Surrey family of the Roylotts of Stoke Morran.' And 'but a promise of secrecy was made at the time, from which I have only freed during the last month....' From this we can see that this case was a secracy. This helps to build up mystery throughout the story. Roylott was another important character in this story. Conan-Doyle describes him by saying 'so tall his hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway...deep-set, bile-shot eyes, and his high thin, fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance of a fierce old bird of prey.' ...read more.

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Because the building is old as described in the story, this gives a perfect setting for a murder to take place. It is far anyway from anywhere so no one have heard about it. I think that one of the weaknesses of this story is that they have dragged on the introduction. But I think the strengths in this story is the ways in which suspense in created. This is particularly good. Another strength in the story is some of the phrases which Conan-Doyle uses to describe. Such as 'But her hair was short with premature gray, and her expressions was weary and haggard. But although this phrase has used some good adjectives I think more could be added to other parts of the story. I thought that 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band' was a very well written story but I didn't particularly enjoy it as I don't really like detective stories. But the story overall was very good although it's not really what I would normally read. My favourite part of the story was at the end. Although I don't think it was a very good conclusion. But it was good to build up the suspense throughout the story and then finally find out how it was done. I suppose it was good to see how Holmes had been figuring it out in his head but hadn't revealed this to the others. I particularly like the sentence where Holmes says 'I had come to these conclusions before ever I had entered his room' ...read more.

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