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Hashim Dayah Sherlock Holmes In this essay I will be looking at two of the Sherlock Holmes stories "The Man with the Twisted Lip" and "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" both by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I am going to prove that most of Sherlock Holmes cases have a pattern. I will be looking at the introduction, the opening of the story, the character of Holmes, Dr. Watson, women, the language, the settings and weather, clues and false clues, the similarities, the ending of both stories and the differences. "The Man with the Twisted Lip" and "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" both begins by Watson being disturbed by a distressed woman. In "The Man with the Twisted Lip", it starts off with Dr. Watson sitting in his armchair at home with his wife. Suddenly Kate Whitney knocked on the door asked for help. In "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" it starts off by Sherlock Holmes waking up Dr. Watson for one of their clients, Helen Stoner. Sherlock Holmes is quite the same in both stories; he is the most respected detective the village people know, he is a respectful person that has a good reputation. "But I have heard, Mr.Holmes that you can see deeply into the manifold wickedness of the human heart. You may advise me how to walk amid the dangers that which encompass me." He is intelligent and is great at disguising himself. ...read more.


It uses more short gothic sentences than the 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' like "terrible fate" and "blue smoke curling up from the chimney" It also uses long gothic sentences like "the building was of grey lichen-blotched stone with a high central portion and two curled wings." Old fashioned, formal language was used in the story because it was common in those days. Gothic language was used in the story to give a dark and miserable tone. In the Stories, the weather and the settings reflect and enhance the mood of the story; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle does this by having positive weather when the crime is solved and having negative weather when the crime is being committed. He also shows a contrast in the good and bad settings. This is called pathetic fallacy. Conan Doyle uses this in 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' quite a lot like in Dr. Watson's home. "I had left my armchair and my cheery sitting-room behind me" this shows us a positive view of Dr. Watson's home which is in the West End of London. On the East End Conan Doyle uses negative comments like "through the gloom" and "black shadows" this shows that the East End is a dangerous place. The opium den which is in the East End is considered to be "the vilest murder trap on the whole of river side". The weather is also bad there "a dull wrack drifted slowly across the sky" this reflects on the place. ...read more.


Clair. In 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band' it ends by Holmes beating a snake which is known as the speckled band, which made the snake turn back and bite the first person it saw, which was Dr. Roylott. Arguably they both end in a denouement, which values them similar. Even though there are a few differences in the story, they have a lot in common. In the opening of the story, they both start off with a distressed woman who needs Holmes and Watson's help. The characters do have a few differences, but overall they are quite similar, especially Sherlock Holmes. All of the women in the story except Mrs Watson are similar; they are all weak, fragile and prone to fainting, but Mrs Watson is strong wise and older. In both stories, they all use a fair amount of formal, old fashioned and gothic language. The settings are also similar, as they both use pathetic fallacy quite a lot. The clues are different as they don't base on the same idea. The endings are quite similar, in 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' Sherlock Holmes solves the crime by cleaning Hugh Boone's face and discovering that it is Neville St. Clair. In 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band' Holmes beats a snake (the speckled band) while it was approaching Holmes, this made the snake turn back and bite the first person it saw, which was Dr. Roylott. They both end in a denouement which makes them similar. Overall, looking at my essay, I think that the Sherlock Holmes stories do have a pattern to them. ...read more.

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