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Interview with Arthur Conan Doyle

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Write and interview with Arthur Conan Doyle answering as the author. Question on his background, cultural influences, form, setting, plot, structure and language, characters and intentions. 1. Describe how has your background has influenced the story 'The Speckled Band'. My background influenced 'The Speckled Band' in that I am a qualified doctor who has been to prison and so has Dr Roylott. The important fact that Dr Roylott is a doctor means that he is clever enough to know what can kill a person but not be found in a post mortem. "When a clever man turns his brains to crime it is the worst of all." This shows that he can use is general and especially medical knowledge to be able to kill someone without being found out. He has been to various countries like me and therefore has seen and knows of deadly animals capable of killing. "The doctor was furnished with a supply of creatures from India." This backs up the idea of him knowing animals which he could use to kill someone. 2. Explain how you intended to represent Helen Stoner and why. I wanted to represent Helen Stoner as a vulnerable young woman. ...read more.


This tension created by the atmosphere makes the reader feel the tension of the characters which builds suspense, making the reader want to read on unlike if it was a long novel as they would stop and read it later on by which time the tension would have dropped. 4. How important was language in terms of Dr Roylott's representation on pages 8-9? I wanted to portray Doctor Roylott as an intimidating and frightening person which sounds like a typical suspect of a story. "Huge man" and "hunting crop swinging in his hand" shows that Dr Roylott is threatening and dominant. Also, it shows how vulnerable Helen Stoner is. "The resemblance to a fierce old bird of prey" shows just how frightening this character is. Using this descriptive language is important as it portrays Dr Roylott as someone who is overpowering, fierce and evil which makes him sound like a frightening person who would commit murder. This also creates tension in the reader making them want to find out if it is him who is the murderer. 5. What did you hope to achieve through creating the character Sherlock Holmes? ...read more.


This quote makes the reader feel like they are waiting for something to happen and therefore, thus building more tension. 7. How important was setting in the story 'The Speckled Band? The setting in 'The Speckled Band' such as "the building of grey" was important because it symbolises the danger that lurks about them. "Lichen-blotched stone, with a high central portion and two curved wings like the claws of a crab." The simile which describes .Stoke Moran shows the danger that Holmes and Helen are in. The claws sound like they are dangerous and will trap anyone and make them suffer a terrible fate for those who approach them. "It was a perfect day, with a bright sun and a few fleecy clouds in the heavens. The trees and wayside hedges were just throwing out their first green shoots, and there was full of the pleasant smell of the moist earth...and this sinister quest upon which we were engaged." This pathetic fallacy shows the contrast between where they are coming from which is calm and "pleasant" and Stoke Moran, which is portrayed as a "sinister" place full of danger and mystery. This setting is important as it also builds tension in the reader which makes them want to read on. Sam Booth 10/05/2007 1 of 3 ...read more.

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