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

In this essay I will attempt to find the comparison between the Speckled Band and the Landlady but before I examine the stories I will briefly outline the content contained within each piece.

Extracts from this document...


Comparative Writing In this essay I will attempt to find the comparison between the Speckled Band and the Landlady but before I examine the stories I will briefly outline the content contained within each piece. The Speckled Band was written in the 1880's by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and it was set in a flat in Baker Street in London and the main characters in the story are Helen, Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson and Dr Roylotte. The Landlady was written in the 1960's by Roald Dahl. The story is set in Bath in England. The Main characters in the story are the Landlady and Billy Weaver Helen comes to see Sherlock Holmes to explain to him, about her sister's anonymous death just before she was to get married and about her stepfather's reaction to her sister's marriage. No one knew how she died or what caused her death or that her father is starting to behave weirdly now that Helen herself is getting married. ...read more.


She said "please come in" and she said a room would cost five and six pence a night. Billy thought it was so cheap that he couldn't say no to it. He thought it was strange when he went to take his coat off because there were no other coats or umbrellas evident Billy thought the Landlady was out of the ordinary but he didn't really care because the room was very cheap. He goes down to sign the book and he notices that there are only two names and feels that he has heard the names before but does not remember when or where. Again Dahl, like Doyle before him has engaged the readers' attention through the use of creating a sense of mystery. This encouraged me to read on in order to learn what is to follow. Both of the stories maintain suspicion until the end. The murders in each are similar in some ways but different in others because Dr Roylotte uses an animal to murder his daughter but the landlady uses poison instead. ...read more.


The Landlady begins without giving any clues about the ending and the plot gradually reveals as it progresses. In both stories some clues are given as to how the story will end. In The Speckled Band it says that there are gypsies that live near by so it could have been one of them. In The Landlady, when Billy signs the register he notices two names, 'Christopher Mullholland' and 'Gregory W. Temple' and he can remember their names because he thinks he's heard them before. So both stories have important points which signal that intrigue is to follow. The stories use their titles differently. Doyle disguises the conclusion by hinting at the gypsies as ultimate culprits when, in fact, the stepfather commits the crime by using a snake as a weapon. Dahl, on the other hand, suggests that the landlady will be the guilty one but we never actually have this confirmed. Both stories include dialogue which increases immediately but the movement in The Speckled Band accelerates towards the end which heralds the readers de-mystification. In The Landlady the pace remains consistent throughout and we are left suspended at the close. V G 1 ...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 Landlady by Roald Dahl, and the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan ...

    Helen Stoner knows that she is in danger but Billy Weaver is blissfully unaware that he is also in danger. In the Landlady the vocabulary used is very simple, clear, descriptive and the sentences are short. Green curtains (some sort of velvety material)

  2. Compare and contrast 'The Speckled Band' and Lamb to the Slaughter'

    In the 'Lamb to the slaughter' it is doing exactly the opposite and making the police and the reader think that is wouldn't be able to do such a thing. Another occasion where she is leading the police away from her is when she says 'I hope you catch him.'

  1. Compare and contrast 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' as examples of ...

    We have a basic murder weapon (a frozen leg of lamb), but an eastern and complex murder weapon in the Speckled Band. Mary Maloney seems to be the perfect wife, who will do anything for her husband. She tries almost endlessly to serve him food, when he is obviously not in the mood to eat.

  2. The Speckled Band and Lamb to the Slaughter comparison

    to try and throw them off the plot. However, we know that Maloney wanted to get Noonan drunk, so that they had less chance of working out that she committed the crime. We also see that Noonan, unlike Holmes, has a very 'closed' mind, whereby he doesn't look at other possibilities, even if it looks like his theories are wrong.

  1. A comparison of The Speckled band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & Lamb to ...

    sixth month with child" This puts Mary Maloney in a venerable position and appears as though she isn't the villain. The narrator continues to describe Mary Maloney of having a "Slow smiling air about her" and "placid eyes" and "Curiously tranquil" which is unconventional for a villain.

  2. Speckled Band

    On top of this foil Holmes' unique intelligence and skill can be shown. In Silver Blaze his superior intelligence is shown by the way he manages to deduct facts from the clues, using his imagination. Holmes questioned one of the "stable lads" about the sheep in the paddock and discovered that "three of them have gone lame".

  1. g.c.s.e Examine The settings which the writers have chosen for their stories in

    the narrator many things he had done in his life, and the mistakes he had made " gone down and never risen again". This is referring to his failure as a student of natural philosophy and definitely a supporting reference to the idea that the signal box and railway trench is some kind of hell.

  2. Discussing 'The Speckled Band' and 'Lamb to the slaughter'.

    An example of these is THE COMING OF FAIRIES (1922). But he had already showed interest in occult fantasy before publishing Holmes stories. In his early novel, THE MYSTERY OF CLOOMBER (1888), a retired general finds himself under assault by Indian magic.

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