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1"The Adventure Of The Speckled Band" Because of his individuality and charisma, Sherlock Holmes is well known throughout the world as a person who keeps calm in even very hostile situations. I think that in this 'Sherlock Holmes Mystery', as in most, Holmes doesn't seem to need to explain or justify his actions, no matter how irrational or harsh they seem to be. This could be because Watson and Holmes have built up a strong bond of trust. An example of this is when Watson awakes to find Holmes standing next to his bed. "He was a late riser, as a rule" Watson knew that it was out of the ordinary and didn't like to get up early but still trusts Holmes and joins him in the room with Helen Stoner. I know this because he says, " ...and perhaps with a little resentment..." In Holmes' mysteries there is usually a build up of tension, which can be resolved in half a page of text. ...read more.


But I think that Conan Doyle has done this well. He let's the reader decide if Holmes is right or not. I think that the mystery stories are common, because they make the reader think and question the outcome of the story. Even though Holmes answers all the necessary questions relating to the case. Also, the name of the villain plays an important role in most stories, for example in The Hound Of The Baskervilles The villain is Dr Grimesby Roylott is like a stereotypical name of a villain, this could be because of the prolonged pronunciation of the first syllable of each name. "I am a dangerous man to fall foul of!" Roylott has an uncontrollable temper about him and seems to know this and use this to his advantage. He also doesn't like to be questioned in his actions, he shows this when he says " Don't you dare meddle in my affairs". The location has a very big part to play in the build up of tension in a mystery story. ...read more.


In two Holmes mysteries, which I have read, there is a constant presence of some sort of wild animal. In the first example, this animal is the "Wild Hound" which Stapleton kept locked away on the moor. In "The Adventure of The Speckled Band" it is the Cheetah and Baboon of Roylott. The baboon is graphically described as "" this could be to surprise he reader from the silent but tense atmosphere of the Stoke Moran Grounds. In this mystery you also know who murdered Julia Stoner but you do not know how she was killed. This adds another dimension to the mystery of this story. Holmes Mysteries seem to be based around situations. The reader is presented with some extremely puzzling situations, one that is difficult to explain. He then solves the mystery, by developing some brilliant twist that completely contradicts the apparent situation. This keeps the reader engrossed until the very end of Holmes' conclusion and the end of the Mystery. 3 1 Jerome Fanfare 2 Jerome Fanfare 3 Jerome Fanfare ...read more.

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