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Show with close reference to two stories from 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle conveys the characters and times of Sherlock Holmes.

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Show with close reference to two stories from 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle conveys the characters and times of Sherlock Holmes In 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Five Orange Pips' from 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes', Sir Arthur Conan Doyle conveys the characters and times of Sherlock Holmes in many ways, The images the author portrays in the text concern the relationship between Holmes and his clients and Holmes and Dr. Watson. In 'The Speckled Band' the main characters are Mrs. Hudson Sherlock Holmes's land lady, Mrs Farintosh a previous client, Helen Stoner the victim, Dr. Roylott the stepfather of the victim and the perpetrator, Mrs Stoner the mother of the victim, and Julia the sister of the victim. In this story Julia died in mysterious circumstances just before her wedding, when she would have inherited a large sum of money from her dead father. Helen is going to get married in the near future and is worried about what might happen to her. Holmes discovers that the culprit is Dr. ...read more.


He pays great attention to detail, noticing things that others either don't notice or don't think are important. 'I observe the second half of a return ticket in the palm of you glove' with this comment Holmes is showing that he sees the small things that other don't. He can tell which things leave certain marks on clothes or property. 'The left arm of you jacket is splattered with mud in no less than seven places... There is no vehicle save a dogcart, which throws up mud in that way.' This shows that the roads at that time were muddy, as the mud was thrown up off the road. The dogcart was a horse drawn cart with two wheels and two seats back to back, which shows that the horse was at that time a popular mode of transport. In all the stories Holmes and Watson travel by train to the crime scene. In 'The Speckled Band' the victim comes to see Holmes by train. In 'The Speckled Band' we know that the victim is reasonably wealthy. ...read more.


Sherlock Holmes was a member of the higher class and therefore it would have been normal for him to take such drugs to help him relax. This also caused him to have mood swings. Sherlock Holmes gains self-satisfaction from the way that other people fail to decipher how he formed a conclusion or deduction. He will, however, tell them how he did come to his conclusion saving them the amount of time and effort he put in finding out the facts. It can be concluded from 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Five Orange Pips' that Sherlock Holmes was a lonely person. He devoted himself selflessly to solving mysteries. He was well educated. He was very observant and he could deduce and conclude logically from his observations. He was polite to all people and treated women as equals. He gains satisfaction from his job, and does not expect to get any other reward for his work. At the time of Sherlock Holmes it was normal for members of the higher classes to take drugs. They travelled by train, the lower classes travelled by horse or on foot. At this time women were seen to be inferior by society. Rohanne Hurst 11E2 Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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