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Sherlock Holmes

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Introduction

Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes is a well known today as he was in his own time. Everyone knows that's Holmes lived at 221b backer street, that he wore a deerstalker cap, smoked a hooked pipe and carried a large magnifying glass. We see Holmes using his magnifying glass in "The Speckled Band" and we hear his occasional remarks to Dr. Watson as he struggles like us, the readers to understand Holmes's brilliant deductions. We know Holmes has a hawk like nose because the book tells us he had "curled himself up in his chair with his tin knees drawn up to his hawk-like nose. Also in the "Red Headed League" they say he has long thin fingers. Holmes shows a unique attitude of questioning his clients and in the "Red Headed League" we as the readers see him showing tremendous attention to detail. Holmes's powers of observation, deduction and scientific approach to detail reflect throughout the Sherlock Holmes series. These powers are used in "The Speckled Band" when Holmes looks up details of the will to try and see if theirs a connexion between the will and the murder of Julia stoner. ...read more.

Middle

Holmes main reason for working is so that he can escape boredom. Holmes also wants to free society of his arch enemy Moriarty and his organized crime. He considers what he's doing to be public duty and very important in his life. He has a very strong sense of morality and wants all wrong doers to be bright to justice. Holmes is not beyond taking justice into his own hands as in "The Speckled Band" when he indirectly causes Roylott's death but it doesn't worry him at all. Watson is a more likeable character than Holmes. He is the narrator of all three stories in first person. Watson is more like the reader than Holmes in trying to solve the crimes in that we are always one step behind Holmes. Watson takes notes for Holmes as well as accompanying him to dangerous situations and even tales a gun with him. Watson is never busy as a doctor but has medical knowledge. He shares the same code of honour as Holmes's rights and wrong. ...read more.

Conclusion

"The Speckled Band" and "Red Headed League" has a straight forward structure with the problem introduced and eventually solved by Holmes. However in "The Final Point" Dr. Watson is forced to use detective powers demonstrated to him by his friend Holmes in realising both Holmes and Moriatry are dead. Between 1887 and 1927, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote sixty Sherlock Holmes stories, and his great Canon has become the most praised, most studied, and best-known chapter in the history of detective fiction. Over twenty thousand publications pertaining to the Sherlock Holmes phenomenon are known to have been published, most of them historical and critical studies. In addition, however, almost since the first stories appeared, such was their uniqueness and extraordinary attraction that other authors began writing stories based on or derived from them. A new genre had appeared: pastiches; parodies; burlesques; and stories that attempted to copy or rival the great detective himself. This is why Sherlock Holmes is the most popular, entertaining and strong examples of popular crime writing which is still read a century later. ...read more.

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