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Daniel Alford 11FA Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's - Sherlock Holmes English Coursework Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a writer in the 19th century. He was a medical doctor and an author. He wrote several stories about a private amateur detective called Sherlock Holmes. The stories were very popular in Victorian Britain and still are today. He was a very good detective and always saw that criminals were punished one way or another. But Sherlock Holmes does have his own bad points, he does smoke and he does take a number of drugs, this is important because he is catching criminals who are doing the same thing. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories were published in magazines, The Victorians took a liking to these stories, the poor people could buy them, and what happened in them (the just and fair endings) were exactly what the audience want to happen. The audience are surrounded in crime, they don't feel that justice is always served, but in these stories it is always. ...read more.


No matter what the situation, Dr Watson is always on the case, this is because he is bored of his medical practice. He is willing to do as Holmes asks, for instance the long periods of silence. This is because he respects him, and he respects what he needs to do. He is also very good friends with Holmes, he can have a laugh with him, talk about 'old times' confidently. Besides all this, he looks up to Holmes, he wants to follow in his footsteps in a way, he wants to do as Holmes does. He wants this, even though he knows he is inferior and not as intelligent. Another way Dr Watson pursues Holmes is when he talks to other people about him. He makes Holmes seem mysterious and great. The way Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has made Dr Watson speak is also quite interesting. He makes Dr Watson the narrator, this is an interesting thing to do as he is very much part of the story he is telling. ...read more.


He also wants women to be treated well and equally. He does all he can to make sure this happens to the women he meets/deals with. Dr Watson lets the audience see the plastic (wealthy and healthy) Victorian Britain, with the posh people, posh housing and cushy life styles. But he also lets us see the regular life in Britain at the time, this includes poor people, drug addicts and murder. These things are set in the dark alleys, dens and dingy side-streets. The conditions are not very good, and would have been a real eye-opener to many wealthy people. All in all Dr Watson is a vital character to the Sherlock Holmes stories, he is the informer of the audience, he knows as much as we do so he is almost part of the audience through out the story. He makes Sherlock Holmes look good due to his inferior intelligence. He is a fantastic character and has made Sherlock Holmes what he is today! ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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