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How Society is reflected in Conan Doyle's 'The Speckled Band', (The Victorian background of upper and lower classes.)

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The Speckled Band How Society is reflected in Conan Doyle's 'The Speckled Band', (The Victorian background of upper and lower classes.) I feel that 'The Speckled Band' reflects much about Victorian society. The Victorians had a real sense of work and duty in their lives. This is shown in the attitude of Sherlock Holmes and his friend Watson. In their devotion to their task of solving this crime Watson says about Holmes "He did rather for the love of his art than for the acquirement of wealth." Sherlock Holmes underlines his sense of duty to his profession and intellectual challenge when he says "As to reward, my profession is its reward." Upper middle class Victorians would feel that was the right thing to do and Sherlock Holmes would have been a hero to many of them. The sense of work and duty is further seen in the dedication of servants to their masters in the Victorian society. Holmes remarks "I am glad to see that Mrs Hudson has the good sense to light the fire." Victorians are also keen in progressing in all aspects of life, as they saw England as the most advanced country technically in the world. ...read more.

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Holmes the Scotland Yard jack - in - office." Holmes refuses to return the insults and only smiles while keeping his self control. As Holmes prepares to investigate the case of Ms Stoner we see he uses the most progressive and up to date technology that was available. "I shall walk down to doctor's commons, where I hope to get some data which may help us in this matter." Victorians would have admired this progressive attitude. They would have also enjoyed Holmes self confident and fearless attitude to his dangerous work. Ms Stoner says of her step father "He is so cunning that I never know when I am safe from him". Holmes follows this up by saying confidently "He must guard himself, for he may find that there is someone more cunning than himself upon his track." The setting, in particular of the Roylott family home reminds us that this is still the period when large country houses and their aristocratic families still dominated rural life in England. Helen stoner tells Holmes "I am living with my step father, who is the last survivor of one of the oldest Saxon families in England." ...read more.

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Again Helen Stoner reminds us when she says "When Dr Roylott was in India he married my mother, Mrs Stoner, the young widow of Major - General Stoner, of the Bengal Artillery." Further more Helen Stoner reminds us that this class had been used to having servants who did all there basic chores and underlined their status as idol rich. She states "You can imagine from what I say that my poor sister Julia and I had no great pleasure in our lives. No servants would stay with us, and for a ling time we did all the work of the house." We see that the proposed marriages of Helen and Julia Stoner are arranged within their social acquaintances. Helen tells us "We had, however, an aunt, my mother's maiden sister, Miss Honoria Westphail, who lives near harrow, and we were occasionally allowed to pay short visits at this lady's house. Julia went there at Christmas two years ago, and met there whom she became engaged." Helen herself is also engaged in the same manner. She states "A month ago, however, a dear friend, whom I have known for many years, has done me the honour to ask my hand in marriage. His name is Armitage - Percy Armitage , the second son of Mr Armitage, of crane water, near reading. ...read more.

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