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Looking at the final problem and two other stories, explore the way in which villains are presented

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Looking at 'The Final Problem' and two other stories, explore the way in which villains are presented I have chosen to look at three villains from three different stories. These are Dr Roylott from 'The Speckled Band', Professor Moriarty from 'The Final Problem' and Jim Browner from 'The Cardboard Box'. Each of these villains has his own distinctive qualities. One is a victim but also a villain, one is just plain horrible, and one is the most cunning head of crime in the world. They are all diverse in the way they go about their 'dirty work' and they all have completely different motives. Jim Browner in 'The Cardboard Box' isn't described in detail until the end of the story. At the beginning all we are told is that he was a sailor so was probably very strong and good with his hands. Where as in the other two stories the appearance of the man is important in this book it isn't. Jim seems to be a law abiding character who tries to keep a low profile.. He also seems to be a good and loyal husband. We know both of these things because Jim voluntarily owns up to the fact that he did kill his wife and Alec Faibain. ...read more.


Dr Roylott in 'The Speckled Band' however is a completely different character to Browner. He is the stereotypical villain. Where as Browner is not physically described Roylott is, 'a huge man framed himself in the aperture' 'a large face' 'marked with every evil passion' with ' bile shot eyes, and a high fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old bird of prey.' This is important as it tells you who Holmes is up against physically, and it builds up an aurora around him that Holmes will have to deal with. An example of his immense strength is when he 'stepped swiftly forward, seized the poker, and bent it into a curve with his huge brown hands.' Another example of his strength and anger is when 'he was younger he had lived in India' where we learn that 'he beat his butler to death.' Helen Stoner told Holmes 'he is a hard man and perhaps he doesn't know his own strength.' Roylott is not only a big chap, but is also a big problem in his home town of Stoke Moran. He is presented as when Helen Stoner was narrating to Holmes and Watson about his fierce temper she says 'last week he hurled the local blacksmith over the parapet into the stream.' ...read more.


Holmes respects him and says 'He is a genius, a philosopher' and 'if I could free society of him, I should feel that my own career had recalled its summit.' He has managed to build up around him such a web of criminals that if one of them gets caught he is able to bale him out but the main blame of the crime never falls on him, 'the professor was fenced around with safeguards so cunningly devised that, do what I would, it seemed impossible to get any evidence which could convict in a court of law.' Holmes knows To conclude all three criminals are completely different in their style. Jim Browner is the 'most innocent' criminal out of the all because he was 'seeing red' and had blind anger, whereas Roylott and Moriarty had planned their crimes and brought them off. Holmes dislikes Roylott the most because he thinks he is 'insolent'. Moriarty is clever and cunning and Holmes enjoyed cracking down on him, until he died. Although Holmes doesn't say this I think he feels sorry for Jim as he thinks he has been betrayed. The three villains have different personalities, so the way that they conduct their crimes presents different challenges to Holmes. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tim Oliver 10p ...read more.

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