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I am going to look at the way the two murders are described by the authors. I have chosen a pre 20th century book, which is A Study In Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I have also chosen a 20th century book. This is Dead Ringer by Dennis Hamley.

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In this essay that I am producing I am going to look at the way the two murders are described by the authors. I have chosen a pre 20th century book, which is A Study In Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I have also chosen a 20th century book. This is Dead Ringer by Dennis Hamley. Both of these books have murder scenes in. So in this essay I am going to compare them and pick out any similarities and differences between the two books. Then I am going to see what the differences/similarities are and than I am going to try to explain why there are differences or similarities. I am also going to find out if murder scenes in books from different times are described differently are wrote differently. I expect to find that there will be quite a lot of differences in the two books. I expect this because of the different times that the books were wrote and in which era the authors wrote the book. ...read more.

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I think that this is a good place in the book to put the murder. I think it is a good place because there is a lot of detective work in A Study In Scarlet. If the murder was say in the middle of the book then there would have been quite a lot of wasted writing at the beginning. At page fifty-two there is enough time to set the scene and to introduce all of the characters. By reading both of the murder scenes you can work out extremely easy that A Study In Scarlet goes into a lot more depth than Dead Ringer. In Study In Scarlet the murder scene is really described well and it gives a lot of detail into how the body was found and what it looked like. It also gives a lot of detail into what the man was wearing. It describes everything in great detail into what position he was in when it was found and also describes every part of his clothing. ...read more.

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However for the author of In A Study In Scarlet it is much different. In that time era there was no televisions of computers or anything like that. Because of this the writer would have had to go into much more depth to get the reader to imagination what the body would look like. They would have to do this because hardly anyone would of seen a dead body before and any gory that we see in today's films and television programs. Also another historical factor affecting it is that restrictions on horror films for example have come down a lot. Younger kids see gory films even before they are 18. When horror films first came out like Exorcist when it first appeared in cinemas a lot of it was restricted to be viewed but in today's society it is ok and none of it has been restricted to the viewers. To conclude the book In A Study In Scarlet has a lot more depth into the murder scenes than the book Dead Ringer. I expected this to be the case due to the times that the books were wrote in. ...read more.

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