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Sherlock Holmes Essay One of the most debatable aspects of Sherlock Holmes stories concerns his relationship with the police. His attitude is ambivalent which is similar to the publics view. Holmes doesn't have a great deal of time for the police in general. He thinks they are amateurs. However, he has a different attitude towards individual officers. What makes him successful as a crimefighter though in that he is willing to take the law into his own hands because his methods are more professional than theirs. Holmes's relationship with the police is not as you'd expect it to be. You would have thought that Holmes would call in or try and help the official police force but it is the total opposite of this. Holmes doesn't trust the official police force and he insulted when he is compared to them for example, in "The Speckled Band", Dr Grimsby Roylott describes him as, "Holmes the Scotland Yard jack in office." Holmes' response is, "Fancy his having the insolence to confound me with the official detective force!" ...read more.


Sherlock Holmes works in a methodical fashion. In "Silver Blaze" Dr Watson describes Holmes's methods of work as "Quiet and systematic" whereas Holmes brings to attention his "Scientific methods" in "The Bruce-Partington Plans" "One forms provisional theories and waits for time or fuller knowledge to explode them." At the beginning of "The Cardboard Box," Dr Watson comments on Holmes's "Remarkable mental qualities." Holmes mentions this when describing his brother Mycroft: "He has the tidiest and most orderly brain, with the greatest capacity for storing facts, of any man living. The same great powers which I have turned to the detection of crime." There are two key aspects of Holmes's scientific methods and one of them is his observation skills. In "the Cardboard Box," he is shown observing people. An example of this is when he works out what Dr Watson is thinking when he was reading a newspaper article: "Do you mean to say that you read my train of thoughts from my features?" "Your features and especially your eyes." Holmes is telling Dr Watson that he can work out what he is thinking by his facial expression and body language. ...read more.


Any person in the same room would probably think he was daydreaming or sleeping but as I said he is actually reconstructing the incident in his mind eye. In effect he is using his powers of deduction; this is the other key aspect of his scientific methods. Watson comments on this in "The Speckled Band:" "I had no keener pleasure than in following Holmes in his professional investigations and in admiring the rapid deductions, as swift as intuitions and yet always founded on a logical basis, with which he unraveled the problems." Holmes's powers of deduction are shown in "The Sussex Vampire" where he says "my instinct felt the presence of these weapons before my eyes ever saw them." He says this because Ferguson's wife is South American. In the "Bruce-Partington plans" Lestrade comments on Holmes's methods and admits Holmes is more successful than other police. This is successful because he is willing to work outside the law when it is necessary. In addition, Holmes's scientific methods make his superior to the police. ...read more.

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