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Sherlock Holmes

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Introduction

Conan Doyle's character of Sherlock Holmes first appeared in 1887. His adventures were supported and recorded by his companion Dr John H. Watson. Everything known of Holmes was recorded by Watson. Holmes met Watson through mutual acquaintance when discharged from the army after being wounded. Watson needed someone to share a flat with and moved into 221 B Baker St. with Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle himself was a Doctor, which may explain why he had Watson as a side kick. Also, Doctors were seen as trusted and as 'Saviors' which may cause readers to believe in the word of a Doctor. As a Doctor, his skills of observing and describing are outstanding and so help to recreate stories for the reader. Also, this provides a legitimate reason for Watson being there at the scene of crimes. It is made very clear that Holmes relies on Watson, A Scandal in Bohemia (pg. 14) "I am at a loss without my Boswell", Boswell being a famous writer who recorded the thoughts and actions of his friend, Dr Samuel Johnson. As Watson is the narrator and as we being readers, get a meandering view of what Watson is like through his words on, and reactions to, what happens in stories. ...read more.

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Readers at the time of the Victorian era would have found the stories easier to understand, more than a modern day reader as language has changed over time. Whereas Holmes becomes immersed in the crime itself, Watson's voice reveals elements of the social and historical contents of the stories. For example, in some stories he mentions he carries a gun. Such as in The Speckled Band "Have your pistol ready in case we may need it......" "I took out my revolver and laid it on the corner of the table." This shows us it was a normal thing to be carrying a gun in those times; so many people may have had one. Leading us to think there may have been quite a bit of gun crime. The police as we understand today were a fairly new idea at the time that Conan Doyle was writing, and detectives were an even more recent idea. It was only in 1843 that 'intelligent men were selected to form a body of individuals called the "detective force". The members of it often dressed in plain clothes instead of a uniform. Watson and Holmes could both be described as this. The way in which Watson helps Holmes in The Speckled Band is by following him to Dr. ...read more.

Conclusion

The role of an assistant provides a character the reader can relate to and who will ask the questions that a normal person would ask. This 'normal' character is also there to contrast with the unusual characters, even royalty, which Holmes becomes involved with. The assistant is also on hand to be a practical help in solving the crime such as when Watson throws a smoke rocket into Irene Adler's house in A Scandal in Bohemia. In conclusion, Conan Doyle uses the character of Watson in the stories to most definitely entice us, the reader, as Watson is just a normal person, but is involved in many of the story's to make us feel as if it is us ourselves partnering Holmes when investigating a crime. With Watson narrating the stories it gives us, the reader, a much better understanding by him giving his opinion and asking questions, as Holmes has a logical ruthless mind making it hard to understand how he has come to a conclusion in a certain story and with him being the narrator it also helps us the reader to see the wonder of Holmes's ability to shine as the stories are being told by Watson, not Sherlock himself. He also uses the character of Watson to put across his own opinion and voice on certain matters within the stories. ?? ?? ?? ?? Saif Ali Mr.Roberts ...read more.

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