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

In his short story "The Adventure of the Speckled Band", Sir Arthur Conan Doyle uses certain conventions expected of the detective genre to bring the story an exciting dnouement

Extracts from this document...


In his short story "The Adventure of the Speckled Band", Sir Arthur Conan Doyle uses certain conventions expected of the detective genre to bring the story an exciting d�nouement. Discuss and consider the moral twist in the tale of the story. In analyzing "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" and in the view of the background to different detective genre stories it becomes clear that generic conventions are attached to them. This is one of many excellent detective stories written. It stands out making the audience excited and urged to carry on reading. This essay will analyse the conventions and moral twist of the story. ...read more.


For example Knox's first rule which is the criminal must be introduced early, not just brought in at the end. This rule has not been defied in anyway. The criminal Dr Roylott was introduced into the story early. The writer Doyle has followed this rule and has not gone against it. Doyle has introduced the criminal in the story early so that the audience don't get confused over who the actual criminal is. In creating the character of Helen, Doyle defies Knox's rule that twins shouldn't be used. This rule again which is one of Knox's (rule 10) "Identical twins or 'doubles' are not to be used". ...read more.


"How he did it", "Who did it", Where he committed the murder" and "Why". "Those vegabonds leave to encome upon the few acres or a genuine clue". Quoted "It was clamped to the wall". If Doyle never used one clue at all in the story the audience would be confused and would have guessed the d�nouement and the audience wouldn't understand the moral twist either. In pursuit of solving the crime Knox insists that the detective use of logical deduction to decipher the complexities of the case. The case of why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle uses a logical mean and not an illogical mean this is because he wants the audience to have a good chance of solving the crime. By doing this it has come more fascinating and intriguing which makes the story more interesting to read. ...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. Compare the Techniques used to create mystery and suspense by sir Arthur Conan Doyle ...

    I think the most successful ending was that of Ray Bradbury in "The Whole Town's Sleeping", as it makes us, the reader, think about the story even when it has finished.

  2. ‘The Sign of Four’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Small turned the boat in desperation. If he knew he would get stuck, he would not have disembarked from the boat. Holmes shrugs off the chance that they could have died, whereas the more emotional Watson 'turned sick' at the thought.

  1. 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Engineer's Thumb.' How does the writer create mystery and ...

    When they finally found themselves in the room Helen was supposed to be sleeping in they sat silently wide-awake, as the slightest sound could jeopardise the whole plan, and falling asleep could endanger their lives. This point in the story is riddled with suspense as both Holmes and Watson sit in a "state of nervous tension".

  2. Which is the better Detective story, The Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle or ...

    The Murder on the Orient Express alternative solutions are better because they make the reader think. The solutions themselves are as contrasting as the number of false clues in each story. The solution to the Speckled Band seems unsatisfactory, as the reader will feel that it was impossible to work out the correct solution, leaving them feeling cheated.

  1. "How does Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle create suspense in 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band.'

    The doctor kept a cheetah and a baboon. We had no feeling of security until our doors were locked.' This shows he has a keen interest for animals. Roylott is violent and aggressive. He is very strong as is seen here when described by Helen Stoner, his stepdaughter 'For

  2. Question: What features of Arthur Cannon Doyle's a story make them typical of the ...

    of mystery and suspense', it also enabled Doyle's target audience to empathise with the characters in his stories. In the 'Speckled Band' Dr Roylott owns a grand estate called Stoke Moran, 'The building was of grey ...and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab'.

  1. A detailed analysis of The Red-Headed League and The Final Problem, making it clear ...

    Holmes is prepared to "turn to some placid line in life" as long as the man who he thinks is on a "pinnacle in the records of crime" is overcome. The "good" is willing to die as long as the world is ridden of the "evil".

  2. What features of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories make them typical of the detective genre?

    As for 'The Speckled Band' Dr Roylott's mansion is set in a large isolated estate in West Surrey. 'A heavily timbered park stretched up in a gentle slope, thickening into the grove at the highest point. From amid the branches there jutted out the gray gables and high roof- tree of a very old mansion.'

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