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Sherlock Holmes - I am lost without my Boswell. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Katie Gough 4ng English Essay Sherlock Holmes- I am lost without my Boswell. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859, and had a good education. He received a tax demand a year after he married which prompted him to try to earn some extra money. At first he tried to get short stories published in the cheaper magazines of the time, but with no success. His big break came when Lippincott's Magazine, in the USA, offered Doyle an advance to write another Holmes and Watson story. His success continued, and he was knighted in 1902. He continued writing until he died in 1930. The three Sir Arthur Conan Doyle detective stories I have studied are: 'The Speckled Band', 'Scandal in Bohemia', and 'The Copper Beaches'. I am going to talk about the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Holmes is the hero of the stories; he is a very clever detective who is exceptionally particular to detail. His powers of detection are breathtaking and he loves an intellectual challenge. He is usually calm and controlled, his behaviour is often eccentric and, emotionally he comes across as cold, detached and aloof. His romantic life is never referred to yet his admiration for Watson is clearly genuine. ...read more.


He does not feel emotion towards many women. ' To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex.' His life revolves around his job and he does not want to commit to the hassle of women. He sees them as a distraction to his work, which he loves so much. Watson on the other hand has got married, and has not seen Holmes recently. This shows that Watson, unlike Holmes, has let his love get in the way of his friends and work. 'I had seen little of Holmes lately. My marriage had drifted us away from each other, my own complete happiness, and the home-centered interests which rise up around the man who first finds himself master of his own establishment, were sufficient to absorb all my attention.' As in The Speckled Band he's has amazing observational skills, which Watson could only dream of, he has a perfectly balanced mind and possess superb reasoning skills. 'You have not observed. And yet you have seen. That is just my point. Now, I know that there are seventeen steps, because I have both seen and observed.' ...read more.


There is a wild dog at the house, which Miss. Hunter seems to be worried about, but Holmes and Watson do not appear to worry about it. When she describes herself, she describes herself like Holmes, very observant. He gives respect to the clients, and will give them instructions, which he expects to be carried out. This also shows faith in the clients. He also treats Watson in this way, expecting things to be done! When he talks to clients he says 'we' but means 'I'. Even though Holmes relies on Watson, he also shows concern for him. This shows the parent-child relationship between them. When confronted with danger, Holmes takes the lead, and protects Watson, he also shows concern for Miss. Hunter. When the case has been solved and Holmes is reflecting on it to Watson, you almost get the impression that Holmes cares more for the challenge of the case then the people on them. This shows that works comes over everything, it is more important than relationships. The quotation 'I am lost without my Boswell' basically means 'I am lost without my narrator'. Holmes is saying that he would be lost without Watson. He appreciates the work he does for him whether he shows it or not. But in turn, Watson also appreciates Holmes, for the intellectual genius that he is. ...read more.

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