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Why do you think the Conan Doyle crime stories have been so popular? The renowned detective Sherlock Holmes was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who was born in 1859 and died in 1930. He created many stories and then in 1892, he collected them as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. This was the first congregation of chronicles about the Baker Street detective to be brought together in one volume, however after these lucrative stories many more were made by the Scottish author. The Sherlock Holmes stories are based on the brilliant amateur sleuth Holmes and his side-kick, Dr. Watson attempting to solve each criminal mystery in which they usually do at the end of each story. They together shared a flat at one of the most famous addresses in the world; 221B Baker Street. Even today the Conan Doyle crime stories possess high popularity amongst people who have read them. Three of his most successful crime stories have been The Red Headed League, The Adventure of the Specked Band and The Adventure of Black Peter. The Adventure of Black Peter is a tale in the collection, 'The Return of Sherlock Holmes', but was published originally in 1904 in the 'Strand Magazine' and 'Colliers'. ...read more.


These points are shown from small observations. Dr. John Hamish Watson is a coruscating character created by Arthur Conan Doyle and what a helping hand he offers to the modern reader and this is shown as he is the narrator of the stories. He is the friend, confidant and biographer of Sherlock Holmes. I think Conan Doyle made Watson the narrator because he wanted to show that even though he wasn't the main character, he was a significant one. Doctors serve in one of the most trusted professions as they traditionally have an image of being saviours. I think the reason why Watson is shown as a doctor is to make the readers trust him and for him to have some sort of value in this supermarket of stories. Since Holmes is a detective, it is only right that Watson should have and is a lighted figure in the stories. The social context contributed to the popularity of the stories because in the Victorian era, England increasingly became a nation of readers and many people had got their pleasure by simple reading a crime novel because it was relevant to the audience of the time. This was because crime was common in that age and people needed to understand mentally what went on and this is where Sherlock Holmes came in. ...read more.


Some people thought he was a real person and even sent letters to him. The stories were so famous because it had the formula of a good crime story. A crime story has to be realistic. If a murder is in a way it could not happen in reality, the reader feels fooled, whereas if it is done in an authentic way the reader feels like they are part of the story, which might be the most important point in a crime story and this is what Doyle had excelled on. As a conclusion I think that a crime story has to have certain components such as an increase of suspense, a fair chance to the reader and an authentic action to be a good crime story, but in the end it depends on the reader if he likes the story or not and I think everyone loved Doyle's stories. The social context contributed to the popularity of the play because without the Victorian era police, Doyle would never have been able to portray Sherlock Holmes as he did because the modern police wouldn't need a peculiar detective to solve every crime because that is every inspector's job. And this didn't seem to occur in the stories because it just seemed as Sherlock Holmes all day and no other detective was a vigorous as he was but then again it just fiction. ...read more.

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