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Sherlock Holmes Assignment In this assignment, I will analyze and examine how effectively Doyle Portrays Sherlock Holmes. Before I read the Conan Doyle's stories of Sherlock Holmes I already knew that he was a famous detective, apart from that I knew nothing more .However on further discussions I found out that he wore a hat and smoked a pipe; he lived in London and had an accomplice called Dr Watson who helped him solve crimes. Doyle portrays Holmes image as a man who wears a deerstalker hat and smokes a pipe, which immediately the Victorian and modern readers would think and visualize as a very mysterious detective who is very serious about his work. Further more people enjoy reading detective stories because it is a source of entertainment and leisure. Detective stories like Sherlock Holmes contain many red-hearings (false clues) which get the readers minds thinking, keep them guessing of what the answer is or what it might mean which further on in the story might completely be erroneous, and at this point, there might be a twist. At this point, I will also refer to the guesses I made whilst reading the three stories "The read-headed League", "The man with the twisted lip" and "The speckled band". In the first story, my first guess was that the whole concept of the redheaded league was a fraud to see how many people would sit and copy out from an encyclopaedia. My guess was wrong however part of it was correct; the redheaded league was a scam which was to attract Mr Wilson out of his shop. "All red-headed men who are sound in body and mind....Apply in person on Monday at eleven o'clock to Duncan Ross, at the offices of the league, 7 popes court Fleet Street". As well as this being a scam, this is a red hearing, which misleads the reader from the real clues that may appear later on in the story. ...read more.


This suggests that even Holmes fears for his life and which further on makes the reader think that Neville St Clair is dead. Doyle starts the story in an opium den because with such a dramatic opening the readers would expect a major crime, like murders that have happened or that are about to happen in the opium den. The Victorian readers would be very shocked and would wonder why a gentleman like Neville St Clair would have any business in an opium den "It is the vilest murder trap on the whole river side". The whole story then depends on the reader believing whether Neville St Clair has been murdered. Contrasting with the previous two stories, Doyle uses Gothic melodrama in the opening of "The speckled band"; gothic melodrama was extremely popular in the late 19th Century in England, which sometimes was over exaggerated and was meant to horrify and shock the audience. The gothic melodrama used in the opening is there to make the reader believe that something horrific will happen and wonder if Holmes can prevent it. However, gothic melodramas always have the conventions which Doyle makes use of such of having a last male member alive of a once aristocratic family, which has been, carried out through in "The speckled band" Miss Stoner's stepfather is the last squire in his family. Also a appropriate name is needed fro a villain in a melodrama ,like Doyle has used the name Dr Grimsby Roylott which contains the words grim and grime which mean something ugly and horrible. Melodrama is often set in a decaying building, which also has been described in "The Speckled band" "the two hundred year old building which is itself crushed under a heavy mortage". The description of the building creates an atmosphere and mood; which builds high suspense and makes the reader think whatever inside this building must be bloodcurdling. ...read more.


the author's common usage of French sentences such as " 'L�homme c�est rien-l�oeuvre c�est tout" also serves to show the readers that Holmes is intellectual .Sherlock Holmes humours his acquaintances with his dry wit, on numerous occasions: 'my life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little problems help me to do so.' Suggesting that without his little adventures, he would be bored, solving these crimes show him some interest, and keep his brain ticking over. Doyle also implies that Holmes does his work, not for want of money, but for pleasure; a small hobby. 'As to reward, my profession is its reward, but you are at liberty to defray whatever expenses I may be put to, at the time which suits you best.' Although, Holmes says 'donations are welcome' it is clear that they are not urgent. Holmes treats his clients and associates kindly and fairly. Within reason, he is a gentleman, sophisticated and meticulous and a rational crime solver. His determined and tenacious methods often prove to be obsessive and methodical, His understanding and gracious, although keeping his quirky habits, remains relaxed and calm. He is a detective, and perhaps, still one of the best well known today. I personally think that "The Speckled Band" is the best story. I think the ending was very good; it was very powerful and dramatic. It kept me interested and made me read it right to the end because Doyle creates a sense of drama and danger by creating a mood of atmosphere by creating a scene when they walked to the big house instead of talking normally they whisper and then suddenly a baboon runs across in front of them leaving them in terror and feeling very frightened and when Holmes and Watson are in Helen's room and are waiting in the dark and they hear all the different sounds, for example, when the cheetah is scratching and the snake is hissing and they are sitting there in complete silence but they are both terrified. Somaya Umer 10*Gy* 1 Assignment Sherlock Holmes Mr Buckle ...read more.

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