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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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