• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle essays

  1. Analyse Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles" exploring how the author uses the ...

    From this central block rose the twin towers, ancient, crenulated, and pierced with many loopholes. To the right and left of the turrets were more modern wings of black granite. A dull light shone through heavy mullioned windows, and from the high chimneys which rose from the steep, high-angled roof there sprang a single black column of smoke."

  2. Watson as a Narrator for a Victorian and Modern Audience

    friend as words of affection such as "This is my intimate friend and associate, Dr Watson" and "My dear Watson" have became, teamed with the word elementary, somewhat of a popular catchphrase throughout the Sherlock Holmes' adventures. This friendship gives an amiable atmosphere in the investigations even though the subject matter being dealt with is often quite dour.

  1. Sherlock HolmesHow successful is Conan Doyle in writing detective fiction that appeals to a ...

    The structure of Conan Doyle's stories also adds tension, suspense and excitement. All stories follow a outline. They have a situation a problem a climax and resolution. The situation in red headed league is Jabez Wilson going to Sherlock Holmes, the problem is what is the red-headed league?

  2. Following a careful study of a range of Victorian Short Stories, discuss the ways ...

    of the story, so as to captivate and entice the audience to read on. A few lines subsequent to this the superb personification of the "angry sunset" is used to represent the frustration and anger from the sunlight towards the danger of darkness and of being unable to prevent the comings of the night.

  1. Is the opening to 'The Empty House' successful in engaging the reader in the ...

    In 'The Final Problem' the narrator's mood seems to be dismal and mournful. Watson speaks of writing the story as "with a heavy heart" suggesting that he is upset about an occurrence within the storyline, which encourages the reader to read on to find out about the cause of this sombre mood.

  2. Compare“The Adventures of the Speckled Band” and “The Affair at the Victory Ball” asexamples ...

    wearing and Mrs Davidson was missing from her costume, but had not been torn off but cut to replace her husbands. Mr Davidson who had been supplying Coco drugs, as her enamel box had been found by Lord Cronshaws body and so the only person who could have given her drugs was Mr Davidson, who took her home.

  1. To what extent do The Speckled Band and The Gatewood Caper fulfil my expectations ...

    In any classic detective story the detective is always a man, the villain is always a man and the victim is usually a woman. The villain is always identified and is always brought to justice in a classic detective story.

  2. Detective Fiction

    "...I observe the second half of a return ticket in the palm of your left glove." From observing this Sherlock realises that he arrived here on public transport. In my view the wrongly accused suspect were the Gypsies and the sister of Julia.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work