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Sherlock Holmes has remained one of the most famous and enduring fictional detectives since his first appearance in 1887. Explain why you think Arthur Conan Doyle's stories continue to appeal to his readers.

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Sherlock Holmes has remained one of the most famous and enduring fictional detectives since his first appearance in 1887. Explain why you think Arthur Conan Doyle's stories continue to appeal to his readers. Over 120 years ago the lived a fictional character called "Sherlock Holmes", who lived at 221B, Baker Street. Arthur Conan-Doyle created the character in 1887 and the stories are still popular today. In 1887 Doyle was going to stop writing the stories but he got death threats telling him to keep Holmes alive, he did what they asked. I am going to examine and write about three stories: "The Speckled Band" "Silver Blaze" "The Cardboard Box" "The Speckled Band" is a murder story set in the countryside and is about a man who kills his step-daughter because of the money she will inherit on her marriage. ...read more.

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All three stories are set in three completely different places; "The Speckled Band" is set in a near-derelict house, in a small country village called Stoke Moran. There are gypsies camping on the estate and Indian animals roaming the gardens freely. "Silver Blaze" is set on Dartmoor in the middle of no-where, mist hangs on the hills and this gives a spooky feeling to the story. This is a good place to have a kidnapping storyline because Dartmoor is so big. "The Cardboard Box" is set in a normal house on an ordinary street and this gives the story a bit of a "twist" because the story is about people who don't live in the street. In any detective story there are always villains. ...read more.

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The stories intrigued the Victorian readers very much because unusual creatures are mentioned in the stories. The mention of gypsies kept them reading as they disliked them. Holmes sometimes took the law into his own hands which wasn't legal; in "The Speckled Band" he makes the snake go and attack Mr Roylott knowing that it would kill him! The Victorian reader would have been concerned about the amount of undetected crime. In the Victorian period the pace of life was very slow. If someone wanted to get somewhere or know something they couldn't just phone or email someone. The crimes and their solutions, therefore, take time to be resolved and depend more upon Holmes' powers of observation than scientific evidence. I think that the stories are still popular today because of such exciting stories Doyle wrote, he used detail, suspicion and murder which is just what people like to read. Nick Thomas 10A ...read more.

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