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Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories were written over a hundred years ago. They are antiquated and out dated and have nothing to offer a modern day reader. Discuss In the 19th century, over one hundred years ago, a famous man named Arthur Conan Doyle created one of the best-known detectives of all time. Sherlock Holmes. In the times of Conan Doyle and his books, England was a much different place than as we know it to be today. The main difference was that the women were inferior to men. They got paid less and were treated like slaves. This is a lot different today. Almost everything about the 19th century was set at a lower standard, for example the children got an extremely worse education than they would today because of the funds available and worst of all the police force was considered terrible. They were mainly unsuccessful in their investigations and many people were not happy with them. This made them very unpopular with the public and gradually the crime in England started to increase in numbers. Then came Sherlock Holmes. He seemed to solve the problems of the police perfectly. ...read more.

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When a character in Doyle's stories have their background described or dates added somewhere in their life, it makes them more believable. All these techniques Doyle has used using realism helps gain and maintain the readers interest a lot when it comes to reading Sherlock Homes books, as some of it does seem a bit extraordinary at times. A different method Doyle uses in every story is denouement. This is when the case Holmes solved, is explained near the closing stages of the story. This is excellent in a story because if the reader is curious regarding to something in the case Holmes solved, he should describe everything he did and this makes a reader pleased. When a reader finds something that they do not understand they will get annoyed and are not likely to read more stories. But if they are aware of everything that is going on they will enjoy it extra. You are more likely to get someone to read more stories if they understand what they are reading than if they do not. In my opinion the most effective way in which Doyle gains and maintains the readers interest is by adding some suspense in the atmosphere. ...read more.

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She then blackmails the Count therefore becoming the villain, and that means that the count becomes the victim. But then the Count breaks into Irene Adler's house making him the villain and Irene Adler becomes the victim. This is not usually the case in modern day films as the victim is just a victim and the villain stays the villain. Watson and Holmes are the two main characters in Doyle's stories with Holmes just edging ahead with the more important role of solving the investigations although Watson is the one who usually tells the story in his point of view. Even in stories today the person narrating the story is not the main character. Doyle writes his stories to make them both seem amazing but realistic. Even today people are still keen on Holmes with his wit and his unbelievable talent at solving his investigations. Conan Doyle brings his characters to life by adding words into his stories to describe the actions and movement the characters make. Without these techniques Doyle uses to make his characters come to life his stories would be dull and boring. If the characters were not brought to life by Doyle then I do not think that the stories he wrote would still be popular today, they would just be old stories, which nobody reads anymore. Matt Salloway 10JVM Matt Salloway 10JVM ...read more.

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