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Is Sherlock Holmes a Typical By-productof the Victorian era, or is he a Unique Individual?

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Is Sherlock Holmes a Typical By-product of the Victorian era, or is he a Unique Individual? To the ignorant onlooker Sherlock Holmes is simply a clever detective amongst a horde of similar duplicates from various tales and myths of the crime-solving era. Sherlock Holmes is the culmination from a culture of detectives. Francis Eugene Vidocq, a "Holmes" in the making, with an utter disregard for the official police, an ability to disguise himself, and clever plans to catch the criminals accompanied by an excellent knowledge of the criminal underworld. Lecoq, used science and his cleverness to solve his crimes. Dupin, a detective who possessed powers of deduction and reasoning. Conan Doyle used all these essential ingredients and through an ingenious metamorphosis produced the ultimate detective; the meticulous observer Sherlock Holmes. If we delve deeper into the infinite chasm of Holmes' character we reveal more about the enigmatic figure that masquerades inside his majestic exterior. The entwining, interlocking tentacles of Holmes' deceivingly simple demeanour knot together to conceal his true being. His character cannot be confined to the restrictive boundaries we use for one and another. His character is far more complex and intelligent than his middle class placement in Victorian society would like to divulge. Conan Doyle created a character, blessed with gifts of deduction, intuition and a genius ability to solve crimes. But in forming this wonderful concoction he thus morphed many other sides to Holmes, seemingly oblivious to his adoring followers. He formed an untouchable creature, unable to feel emotion and passion. "He never spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer" Emotions would only make Holmes weaker, and Sherlock Holmes did not do weakness. ...read more.


Victorians brought an entire new aspect to sexism, not only were women inferior to men, they were belittled and patronised by the overbearing, egotistical men they called their husbands. Marriage was a dictatorship, women had to wait on their husbands day in day out and heavens forbid they actually think for themselves. The unaccountable factor being, that these poor incompetent women's brains had been infiltrated with the thoughts that they had a good life! They accepted their diminished position in society, and they welcomed it. In many of the cases, such as The Speckled Band, the misdemeanour involves a domination of men over women; typical of the Victorian era. In this case a blasphemous father is trying to gain money from his own daughters by wiping them off the scene. He goes to substantial lengths to make sure his murderous plot would not be discovered in a ruining revelation. His love of foreign animals played a significant factor, for Holmes who had to solve the case, which was brought to him by the last remaining daughter who had begun to suspect foul play. After the efficient "Holmes" inspection of the room where the first daughter was killed, he already forms his conclusions, and it never crosses his mind that his profound assumptions are wrong. He simply lays in wait and anticipates the glorious moment when he will be proved right and he can basque in the aftermath of his success. We are let into the secret, the father is using a rare poisonous snake to kill off his daughters, hence "The Speckled Band". His plan backfires when Holmes whacks the snake and it turns on its own master, DR. ...read more.


In this case there is less mystery for the reader of modern day times to try and solve before Holmes. John Openshaw and his family are clearly being threatened for some knowledge in which they hold. The threat however is from a sinister, enigmatic strange, who is using letters to inject fear into the Openshaws. Five dried Orange Pips sent in an envelope, with the initials K.K.K embossed onto the envelope. Upon receiving such a seemingly ludicrous omen, members of the Family have later died. Is the era upon hearing the initials K.K.K one will automatically associate them with the racial group, Ku Klux Klan. But these same initials had the John Openshaw so befuddled he sought help from Sherlock Holmes. This "mystery" Shows how times have changed and modernised since the Victorian era. Now the Ku Klux Klan is commonplace, in the Victorian era it was a rare whisper on the fluctuating wind. So whilst profiling Holmes I began to see the flaws in Doyle's mastermind. IN this day and age how could a drug addict have the intellect to solve crimes even the police couldn't. The idea of the super detective such as Holmes is idealism, not every case could be such a success, and it is plain naivete to think so. In the real world such a commodity is unheard of. In my opinion the reality of Holmes is a drug crazed egotistical being who happens to have a little cleverness. However, his character is merely fictional, and we can all indulge ourselves in his genius ability and logical reasoning. Holmes is the super hero of the detective world, and can inspire many young detective wannabes. There is no doubting he has become a household name and a literary legend. ...read more.

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