• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories about the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes have been popular since they first appeared in 1886. Explore the reasons behind this enduring popularity.

Extracts from this document...


Sherlock Holmes Coursework Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories about the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes have been popular since they first appeared in 1886. Explore the reasons behind this enduring popularity. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle produced a detective in Sherlock Holmes who was perfect in almost every way. His stories have become known across the globe since they first appeared in 1887 with 'A Study in Scarlet which was published in 'Beetons Christmas Annual'.\i \i0 Despite the changing times Sherlock Holmes has survived and is as popular today as it was then. There are many reasons for this enduring popularity; I am going to explore just a few.\par In the nineteenth century there was a crisis in religious faith when Charles Darwin came up with the idea that humans evolved from a "lesser species", the apes. This frightened many people who had been very religious throughout their lives. The idea undermined the whole religious background and challenged people's faith in God. ...read more.


However, Holmes only this one side to him then that would to unbelievable and the majority of people wouldn't accept him. He does flirt with the dark side every now and again like he does in "The Man With the Twisted Lip". Here, he is found in an opium den by Watson: "And there sitting by the fire was none other than Sherlock Holmes". He is disguised as an old opium addict and he is very deceptive as he tricked Watson. Holmes states that he is not an opium addict but reveals to the reader that he has cocaine injections on p.189, "You imagine that I have added opium smoking to my cucaine injections". This shows that this is what he expects Watson to think as he knows him so well. This flaw tells you that Sherlock Holmes is human and that he is not perfect. This lets the reader relate to him.\par In Sherlock Holmes' stories there is always a pattern of what will occur, this gives you a sense of security as you always know what is going to happen. ...read more.


Watson is confused by this visit to the shop and he asks, "What then?" to which Holmes replies, "The Knee's of his trousers". After this, Holmes will lead a party of officers to aprehend the criminal, he will then reveal all the clues he has been placing together throughout the adventure and how he knew exactly where the criminal would be.\par Sherlock Holmes' stories appeal to the modern reader in the way that it appeals to our sense of nostalgia. It lets us invision what life was like back then for the wealthy and the poor in London. The Sherlock Holmes stories are very interesting to read, you can expect adventure and comedy. Conan Doyle will always have you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. The sharp-eyed can also spot clues and red-herrings in an attempt to solve the mystery yourself. Holmes is full of surprises, you cannot predict some of the stunts he performs. The Sherlock Holmes stories are just as much appeal to readers everywhere now as they did when they were first published all those years ago.\par ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle essays

  1. Why was sherlock holmes so popular?

    The Explanation will always be delivered at the end and be either arrogantly retold to the villain or told to Watson. Every one of Holmes explanations was an amazing and defining part of the Sherlock Holmes stories. There was always a high profile villain in each story.

  2. Exploring the reasons behind Sherlock Holmes enduring popularity

    relays from memory, it is important that this trust and respect for his intelligence are built early on so that the reader can easily believe him and trust in what he says. It is after we have a good idea of Watson and his ways that we have our first information on Sherlock Holmes.

  1. The Sherlock Holmes stories are perhaps the most successful and enduring of all detective ...

    Merryweather struck rather loudly his stick upon the flags which lined the floor, ' I must really ask you to be a little more quiet...You have already imperilled the whole of our expedition.' In this story we see some of Holmes' trademark characterstics, for example when he curls up in

  2. Discuss the character of Holmes, the construction of the stories and why the stories ...

    Nonetheless, if you elaborate these facts, Doyle's election is quite sly but fascinating because people would soon lose interest if Holmes had been virtually perfect. In fact, he is the invigorating narrator of the entire story; he is the one that engages with the reader through exhilaration, and Sherlock Holmes the main character is sometimes even left out.

  1. "The Man with the Twisted Lip," "The Final Problem," and "The Empty House" all ...

    I think Doyle has staged this outcome of the attack purposely to put Watson in the limelight to remind the reader of Holmes and Watson's companionship. "and once again Mr Sherlock Holmes is free to devote his life to examining those interesting little problems which complex the life of London so plentifully present."

  2. An analysis of the Detective Genre.

    Doyles locked room case stories are influenced by Poe's story; 'Murder on the rue Morgue. This shows us that there is no way that any person could have entered the room and committed the murder, this creates more suspense and a element of supernatural as the readers think there has to be some sort of magic involved in the murder.

  1. Why do the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle continue to appeal ...

    There was a more formal social structure. Also in the Victorian era, women were considered inferior to men. This is shown in many different stories. In 'The Speckled Band' Helen Stoner is informed that she will only inherit the money she is entitled to if she is married which shows

  2. How does Sir Arthur Conan Doyle puzzle and intrigue his readers, in his stories ...

    To ensure that the mystery itself is properly described, no detail is left out and this creates vivid images. The horrific details that Doyle puts across are not dampened in any way and this makes the story seem more believable.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work