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English coursework Author Conan Doyle's about Sherlock Holmes first appeared in 1806. At this time there were great inequalities in wealth in the slum areas of London, prostitution, drug abuse and murder were a commonplace. There was much poverty, ill health, poor living conditions and very dirty sanitation, smoke caused by the factories weighed heavily on the city creating a dark, dreary place. Public hangings and murder was frequent and the upper class people feared crime greatly, at this time murder, prostitution and theft was at an all time high. At this time queen Victoria ruled over England. During the Victorian times an infamous murderer was loose on the streets. He was known as jack the ripper. This man was feared greatly by all, jack the ripper was a well known criminal to all, he would knife and murder women and then send there body parts to the police to show how easily he would get away with it. The police found it impossible to find this criminal. Meanwhile, the Victorians had lost all hope that this murderer would be caught and began to resent the police. The Victorians and the public would never believe they were in safe hand while jack the ripper was about. It was partly due to these circumstances that Conan Doyle's had written the Sherlock Holmes stories which became very successful, the Victorians felt that inspector Sherlock was the answer to their problems. In author Conan Doyle's stories they could find a fictional detective who they could admire, a clever detective who could always found the villain. ...read more.

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Straker also seems to have stabbed himself in the leg with it. I think Colonel Ross is very appreciative of Holmes after solving the case a pays him a complement by saying "my dear sir, you have done wonders". I think Colonel Ross always knew the ability of Holmes and knew what he's capable of but still respects him and has high regards for him. In the next story 'speckled band', Dr Grimsby Roylott is the criminal, Dr roylott also happens to be the step-father of the victim, this criminal is not fond of Sherlock Holmes and sees him as an interfering character, Holmes chooses not to take his word seriously and laughs at his childishness. "I know you, you scoundrel! You are Holmes the meddler. 'My friend smiled. 'Holmes the busybody!' his smile broadened. 'Holmes the Scotland yard jack-in-office!' Holmes chuckled heartedly. 'Your conversation is most entertaining' said he." This quote suggest the clear disrespect which Dr Roylott has for Holmes but on the other hand it test the character of Holmes, Holmes can tolerate Dr Roylott's insult towards Holmes and can keep his cool after being insulted by giving these suggestions a blind eye and saying 'Your conversation is most entertaining'. The words 'Scotland yard jack-in-office!' tells me that Dr Roylott is already underestimating the ability of Holmes and seems to think that Holmes is a typical detective and is unaware of the ability of Holmes. Dr Roylett has a strange interest in exotic pets; one of the exotic pets which Dr Roylett had was a "swamp adder, the deadliest snake in India." ...read more.

Conclusion

".... The light among the trees extinguished, and all was dark in the direction of manor house." This suggests to me that the fact that everything was dark it creates a dark gloomy atmosphere and this keeps the reader interested for Holmes next move. Arthur Conan Doyle's style of writing is superior. He has a consistent and mature writing style which allows him to explore subjects as no Arthur could. Use of complex vocabulary makes a good form literature and makes the story what it is there is much more detail in terms of description is vast and elaborated. "The building was grey, lichen-blotched stone, with a high central portion and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab, thrown out on each side. In one of these wings the window were broken and blocked with wooden boards, while the roof was partly caved in, in a picture of ruin." Having more descriptions in fewer sentences, gives the reader a more vivid image. This the reader to foresee a greater picture in their mind, in a shorter amount of time and even more clearly, without them hardly realizing. To conclude, it is fairly obvious that Conan Doyle uses a particular formula which is typical of detective fiction: the beginning in which a crime is discovered; the development in which gathers clues; the climax where the detective names the criminal, who is usually arrested; and finally, the resolution in which the detective explains what happened. The story is wrapped up and everything is back to normal (order is restored). The Sherlock Holmes stories gave rise to the entire genre of detective fiction. Many fictional detectives have tried to imitate Holmes, logical methods and followed in his footsteps in various ways. Some of the more detectives try to continue Holmes legacy. ...read more.

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