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How successful is Conan Doyle in writing detective fiction that appeals to a modern reader?

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How successful is Conan Doyle in writing detective fiction that appeals to a modern reader? Some people say that one of the reasons they enjoy reading crime stories like Sherlock Holmes is that order is always restored, good always triumphs over evil. Crime fiction is popular still today because there are many programmes on T.V today i.e. A Touch of Frost, Taggart, and Wire in the Blood. It is also in books like the novels of Ian Paterson. The genre is so popular because people enjoy it and there is an atmosphere of expectation in most stories. Conan Doyle was popular with the Victorian audience because the criminal's always got caught, and his stories were published in a magazine read in a parlour or on a train journey. The basic structure of a crime story is that at the beginning there is order and all is well. Soon, however something happens usually a crime to disrupt that order. Then the detective investigates and solves the case. Finally order is restored again as good has defeated evil. This structure is evident in 'The Man with the Twisted Lip'. ...read more.

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A large face, seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun, and marked with evil passion, was turned from one to the other of us, while his deep-set, bile-shot eyes, and the high thin fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old bird of prey'. This shows the sheer size and fierce looks that he has. 'I am a dangerous man to fall foul of! See here' He stepped swiftly, seized the poker, and bent it into a curve with his huge brown hands'. This shows how strong Dr Roylott is and to warn Sherlock Holmes off because other people fear him. In 'The Speckled Band' Conan Doyle describes how aggressive, violent and Greedy Dr Roylott and that he uses his knowledge of medicine for evil doings. Jim Browner is another Conan Doyle that is very well described. His aggression, jealousy and uncontrollable rage are shown here.' I swore to my wife that I would kill her if I found her under in his company again, and I led her back with me, sobbing and trembling and as white as a piece of paper'. ...read more.

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In section where Helen Stoner relays what happened on the night her sister mysteriously died, he uses the 'story within the story' to great effect. Firstly an atmosphere of foreboding is created as the weather is described 'The wind was howling', animal imagery which creates the effect that there is a wild beast outside. The rain was beating and splashing against the window which is describing the weather to create atmosphere of foreboding and uses words like 'beating to show violent imagery. Conan Doyle uses sentence structures effectively to create different atmospheres. He uses short sentences to create drama and also short sharp sentences followed by an exclamation mark to create a scary and tense atmosphere. For example in 'The Speckled Band' when Julia shouts 'Oh my God! Helen! It was the band!' Another example of a short sentence is when Helen says 'I knew that it was my sister's voice'. Conan Doyle is very successful in writing detective fiction that appeals to a modern reader because he uses all the right ingredients and structure. Conan Doyle uses very interesting characters and evil villains, which makes the readers addicted to his detective fiction stories. He uses different types of language and sentence structure, which is very appealing to the readers. Josh Hartley ...read more.

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