• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Sherlock Holmes Coursework Essay

Extracts from this document...


Sherlock Holmes Coursework Essay How does Sir Arthur Conan Doyle engage the interest of the reader in the openings to his Sherlock Holmes detective stories. At the end of the 1800's London was a city where crime levels, poverty and poor public health were major issues for the people. Crime was a major feature of every day life, the smog caused by the growing industries created a dark and dismal place and further added to the sense of fear felt by many of the people. At this time Jack the Ripper the infamous murderer was roaming the streets of London. He slaughtered innocent victims and even sent their body parts to the police to taunt them. Despite killing at least five prostitutes, the police continually failed to catch him. This made the public, particularly women, the Ripper's main targets, very scared and afraid to go out at night. As a result of their failure to catch Jack the Ripper, the London police were seen by the public to be ineffective and many were exposed as corrupt. It was into these surroundings in 1887 that Scottish physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first introduced his fictional detective character Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes and his trusted friend and colleague Dr Watson were a new and exciting duo, they were introduced to the public in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories which were published each week as short stories The Strand magazine. ...read more.


He had a plan to make Silver Blaze lame and have a large bet on the second favourite for the Wessex cup. John Straker has been found dead in a ditch out in the moors. A man named Fitzroy Simpson has been arrested because John Straker was found dead with his scarf at his side. Fitzroy Simpson also turned up at John Strakers house that night. But later on into the story Sherlock Holmes solves the case ands finds out that it was not Fitzroy Simpson who murdered John Straker but Silver Blaze. Sherlock Holmes works out that John Straker took Silver Blaze out into the moors at night to make an incision into the horses leg but the horse is frightened by John Straker and it kicks out. John Straker then took a blow to the head instantly killing him. In the Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb the readers may be slightly shocked because two men are waiting in Dr Watson's waiting room one is a railway guard and the other has had his thumb hacked off and his hand wrapped in a blood stained handkerchief. What is unusual is that he has forgotten who he is or how he became injured or anything beforehand. The railway guard found the gentleman slumped in a carriage on a morning train from Reading. ...read more.


She then starts to tell Holmes and Watson about what has happened to her and about her stepfather Dr Grimesby Roylett. At the start of each story it always starts in Holmes and Watson's flat or in Watson's surgery. Which the readers will be familiar with from other stories. The Speckled Band is set in an old gloomy and dingy manor house with gypsies, a baboon and a leopard roaming the grounds around the house to make the readers curious about what happened when Helen Stoner's sister died. Only one wing of the house is used which makes the house look unused and abandoned. In Silver Blaze the story is set at the Kings Pyland Stables in the moors of Dartmoor which is very remote. Out of all the stories that I read the story that I enjoyed the most was Silver Blaze because it was very unusual and unpredictable. When Fitzroy Simpson was arrested I thought he had murdered John Straker because John Straker was found dead with Fitzroy Simpson's scarf. He was at the Kings Pyland Stables that night, he wanted to talk with the stable boy and he was believed to have put opium in the boy's food. But i was pleasantly surprised when Sherlock Holmes revealed that it was not Fitzroy Simpson who killed John Straker but Silver Blaze. I think the stories are so popular even now because people from nearly all ages can read them. English Coursework Page 1 of 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle essays

  1. Sherlock Holmes English coursework

    The words "pokey", "little", "shabby-genteel", "dingy" and "smoke-laden" all give a pretty good idea that the area was quite chaotic. In "The Speckled Band" Conan Doyle created a thrilling and frightening atmosphere, as if it was a horror story. "The Speckled Band" was set at "Stoke Moran" in "Surrey", which is where Julia Stoner was killed.

  2. Free essay

    Sherlock holmes essay q's

    as "small, stout-built, very quick in his ways, no hair on his face, though he's not short of thirty. Has a white splash of acid on his forehead" To be honest he seems like a normal person who works most likely in a science lab if he had an acid stain.

  1. Comparing and contrasting Silver Blaze and Finger Man

    It gives the reader a feeling of trust between you and the narrator (Phillip Marlow), this adds to the enjoyment of the story. Unlike Silver Blaze where the narrator isn't the main character, where Holmes does most of the thinking, and the only purpose of Watson is to record what Holmes is doing.

  2. To what extent is Sherlock Holmes the original, archetypal fictional detective?

    They rely on him to solve the crimes they cannot. This is the same with Inspector Morse. He is seen, by the police, as the detective, that doesn't do as he's told. It seems as though they are very reluctant to use him to solve crimes, but know that they have to in order to find the criminal.

  1. Sherlock Holmes Coursework

    Holmes is sometimes put 'above the law' by other characters (including the police) all of the stories we have read are narrated by Watson, who regards Holmes with high-esteem. In some cases Holmes is 'called in' by the police to help solve a crime.

  2. Sherlock Holmes

    In addition, either the man in the story who may be the villan or the hero inherits hereditary traits like Dr Grimsby Roylott who has "violence of temper approaching to mania has been hereditary in the men". Weather also plays a major part in a gothic melodrama: as it is

  1. Prose Coursework

    Victorians had lost their respect for the police as they were thought to be unreliable in their protection of the desperate civilians of London. Arthur Conan Doyle's character, Sherlock Holmes, surfaced in 1887. The people had found their savior, many immediately fell for the fictional character, and Holmes was seen

  2. What is is about the character of Sherlock Holmes that a Victorian Readership found ...

    There is no doubt that you have detected and defeated in the most complete manner one of the most determined attempts at bank robbery that have ever come within my experience."' The Red Headed League This is an example of how one of the innocent people involved in a crime is left idolising Sherlock Holmes for solving a case.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work