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

Outline and Discuss the characteristics of a Sherlock Holmes story.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Outline and Discuss the characteristics of a Sherlock Holmes story. Sherlock Holmes, the great detective, has become one of the best-known characters in British fiction. Created by sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes has been featured in over fifty stories. In each of these stories Holmes is praised for his amazing ability to solve crimes by the process of careful observation and logical deduction. Each of these stories possess common characteristics which in turn make it recognisable as a Sherlock Holmes story. In this essay I intend to outline and discuss these characteristics based on four Sherlock Holmes stories 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band', 'The Blue Carbuncle', 'The Musgrave Ritual' and 'The Reigate Puzzle'. Firstly all Sherlock Holmes stories are written in first person narrative, in the form of a biography by Holmes' friend Dr Watson. In the Musgrave ritual Sherlock Holmes states this 'before my biographer came to glorify me'. This kind of narrative gives the stories a factual feel even though it is purely fiction. ...read more.

Middle

Holmes responds in a passive manner taking his friends advice 'Holmes shrugged his shoulders with a glance of comic resignation towards the colonel'. This shows that their relationship is very respectful; this is common in all of the Sherlock Holmes stories studied so far. Usually a Sherlock Holmes story takes place in the country. Outside of London. For example 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band' is set in Surrey as is 'The Reigate puzzle'. 'The Musgrave Ritual' is set in west Sussex. As the countryside is a remote place it much more likely to have mysterious 'goings on', as Watson states in 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band'. Holmes refused 'to associate himself with any investigation which did not tend towards the unusual'. The detail in which the characters are described is also another characteristic. What each person is wearing, his or her body language and size is all taken into account in great detail. For example in 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band' Helen Stoner, Sherlock Holmes' client, is described as 'heavily veiled. ...read more.

Conclusion

In 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band' When Dr. Roylott threatens Holmes by saying "Don't you dare to meddle with my affairs "in the reader can guess that he might be the villain in this story as he feels uncomfortable with Holmes' investigation. The clues laid out are very important to the stories. For example in 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band' there are several clues laid out which are vital to Sherlock Holmes solving the case. There was the 'dogwhip', 'ventilator', 'bell-pull' and many more in order for Holmes to solve the cases there must be an adequate number of clues therefore this is a common characteristic. Also a characteristic in Sherlock Holmes stories is that of a murder victim to give the case drama. In 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band' it was Helen Stoners' sister. In 'The Musgrave Ritual' the butler Brunton and in 'The Reigate Puzzle' the coachman. In this essay I have covered the general characteristics of a Sherlock Holmes story all of which are common to all four stories mentioned. These characteristics have to be present in order to make the story recognisable as a Sherlock Holmes adventure. ...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. Introduction and Conclusion

    He is then able to deduce from the type of the text that the words have been cut from the Times newspaper. He then deduces more information from it by saying that it had been cut in a hurry using a "pair of short bladed scissors" and the person who

  2. Sherlock Holmes

    to happen later on in the story and makes him determined to discover out what it possibly could be. However "The man with the twisted lip" is set in an opium den, which is a very sinister place because in the Victorian times opium was used a lot by many

  1. In the beginning of my second story, written by Charles Dickens, The Signalman, the ...

    their lives brings out a slight weakness, because vilians can use this to stir and play with emotions, which brings the vengence aspect to the story, therefore interests readers. Mr Victor Hatherley, hydraulic engineer, orphan, bachelor, alone residing in London.

  2. Both the Adventure of the Speckled Band and Lamb to the Slaughter share some ...

    The Speckled Band was published in a magazine called the Strand magazine, which gave short chapters every week, therefore always leaving the reader in suspense, guessing until the next chapter was published. There are many things that tell us that this story was written in the late 19th century, for example Helen Stoner arrived by "dog-cart".

  1. Detective Fiction

    When reading 'the blue carbuncle' you get so much information from one piece of evidence that story loses the plot. When Sherlock is examining the evidence Sir Doyle is trying to tell the readers that Sherlock is so intellectual there is nothing he can't solve.

  2. “The Veldt” and “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”

    Only then can Holmes finally solve the mystery. He remains an untainted heroic figure because the guilty man brought about his own death. For Conan Doyle, part of the story's effectiveness lies in the comfortable predictability of the outcome. A reader can expect a clean-cut ending, knowing they will never be disappointed.

  1. Explain the characteristics of three or more of your favourite characters in "the Adventures ...

    It seems that he has trouble keeping himself in check at times, and gets into most trouble when he doesn't have something to occupy his amazing brain. His past is somewhat mysterious, and though he is clearly a man of many talents - disguise, deduction, music, boxing, and observation - he can sometimes be ignorant of very basic things.

  2. To what extent do The Speckled Band and The Gatewood Caper fulfil my expectations ...

    the Speckled Band would be perfect for a classic detective store as the atmosphere it would create through the whole story would captivate the readers mind and imagination. Expectations of Theme Only one person in a classic detective story can solve the mystery and then the crime, that person is the detective.

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