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I am going to compare the opening pages of two detective stories 'The Adventures of the speckled band' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and 'Miss Marple's Final cases' by Agatha Christie. I am then going to find out what is the most convincing and why.

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Wide Reading Coursework I am going to compare the opening pages of two detective stories 'The Adventures of the speckled band' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and 'Miss Marple's Final cases' by Agatha Christie. I am then going to find out what is the most convincing and why. In the beginning of the Speckled Band it starts off with Holmes' sidekick, Dr Watson examining his case notes 'on examining my notes'. He talks about the way that every one of the cases is unusual 'a large number merely strange'. He then recollects on one specific story. He then sets the scene of when Sherlock is woken up by a woman. He then talks about Holmes then going down stairs to meet her and discover the situation that she is in. At the beginning of Miss Marple's Final Cases it starts off just like an ordinary day. The Vicar's wife comes into the church to do her flower arranging as usual. ...read more.

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You can tell this by the words used. For instanced in the Adventures of the Speckled Band it says 'Knocked up' instead of woken up. Another difference between the stories is that the Agatha Christie novel is set in the countryside whereas the Arthur Conan Doyle novel is set closer to a city or town. In the Adventures of the Speckled Band the story is told through the eyes of Dr Watson who is Sherlock Holmes' best friend. All of the events are also seen through the eyes of Dr Watson. In Miss Marple's Final Cases the author tells the story. Again the author sees all of the events. In the first extract there are only three characters Dr Watson, Sherlock Holmes and a woman. Two people are mentioned but do not appear. Dr Roylott 'the death of Dr Grimesby Roylott' and Mrs Hudson 'Mrs Hudson has had the good sense to light the fire'. ...read more.

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So this tells you that this one is going to be just as unusual. I think that Miss Marple's Final Cases is made interesting by the way it is just an ordinary day until one small thing happens. Also because of this one thing you want to find out what is going on and why it has happened. I noticed that there is a difference between the language used in each of these extracts. You can tell that the Adventures of the Speckled Band was written earlier because of the words and phrases used like 'a young lady has arrived in a considerable state of excitement'. With quotes like this it makes it more difficult to understand. Whereas the Agatha Christie novel is a lot easier to understand because the words used are a lot more similar to the ones that we use today. I would have to say that I prefer the Miss Marple's Final Cases. This is because I think that the way the story starts is very good for drawing you into the story. By having something out of the ordinary happen in an ordinary situation. ...read more.

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