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

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Extracts from this document...


The Library of Sherlock Holmes stories were masterly written by the British author and literary canon hall of famer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sherlock Holmes stories proved the brilliant literary skills of Conan Doyle to the fanatical public by being published into the 'strand magazine' in 1891, The Strand Magazine was a monthly magazine that composed of fictional mystery stories, the magazine was responsible for making Conan Doyle's work reach a much wider audience as monthly sales of the magazine evidently reached over 300,000 readers. It was immensely popular due to the integration of publishing the stories into chapters every month, this proved to be a very inexpensive way for both the publishers and the readers as the price of printing/buying books was very expensive back in the late 1800s, but publishing them into monthly magazines made them a lot cheaper. Conan Doyle had a lot of influences and inspirations in writing the Sherlock Holmes stories, but notably three people in my opinion were his greatest inspirations, The American writer & poet Edgar Allen Poe, The Scottish novelist & poet Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle's university lecturer Dr.Joseph Bell. Edgar Allen Poe was one the literary legends and his work as influenced a lot of the greatest writers, he is best known for his gothic horror genre and has been referred to by many as the 'true master of horror', although he Is best known for his Horror and Poems, he had also added to the crime fiction genre with his 'short stories of Dupin' work, Dupin is a detective that critics say ...read more.


The second aspect of Victorian England portrayed by Conan Doyle was the 'patriarchal societies', In a patriarchal society Men will always govern their own families by paternal right, and women had little or no control over their family and their financial attributes, this was shown as Helen Stoner and her sister could not touch the money they inherited from their deceased mother, unless they marry, and Dr Roylott, the male leader of the family easily exploited that rule by brutally murdering Julia Stoner before she got the chance to Marry and claim her inheritance. Arthur Conan Doyle's skill of indulging readers into the fantastically mysterious world of Sherlock Holmes derives from his talent of describing characters in peculiarly interesting ways. Sherlock Holmes has repeatedly been depicted as an extraordinarily intelligent and perceptive individual, evidence for this was in his superhuman skill of rapid deduction, and how by appearance alone he can come to an accurate conclusion of a person's occupation, transportation methods and leisure interests, evidence for this is in 'the red headed league', when Mr. Jabez Wilson came to Holmes about his problems and Holmes trying to prove his detective skills said beyond the obvious fact that he has at some time done manual labour, that he takes snuff, that he is a freemason, that he has been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of writing lately, I can deduce nothing else", this surprising array of facts sourced by the clients appearance alone astonishes the readers, but then the reader's are informed of how Holmes came to the deduction, for instance, "I ...read more.


I asked, smiling. "In the bathroom," he answered, "come on, my boy, and we shall see whether it will fit the lock." The culprit is then caught after being pursued, or killed in the case of Dr Roylott in 'The Speckled Band," After the Culprit gets caught, Holmes or the Culprit then ends the story by unraveling the plot and they announce how & why the crime was committed. The Purposes of the Sherlock Holmes stories are mainly to entertain, as all of the cases are mysterious and they challenge the reader to solve the mystery Holme's has been assigned, although it is fairly impossible because the cases always have hidden facts that are fundamental in solving the mystery but are not given to you, an example of this is in 'the speckled band', we are told that Dr Roylott has a cheetah and a baboon, but we are not however told that he had a snake, which effectively would have solved the mystery. Another purpose of the stories were to signify the class divide in the Victorian times , such as between Men & Women, Whites & Natives , and to inform the audience of the various social issues that occur in the era. In Conclusion the Sherlock Holme's stories are an entertaining, evocative, epic example of the mental workings of a genius at his own field, and they provide a moral guideline to the audience. The Sherlock Holme's character provide inspiration to the hundreds of thousands people who have read it and the millions more who in the future like I have, would come to enjoy it. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Olawale Sanni ...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. Thomas Hardy's The Three Strangers, in contrast to many similar mystery stories by writers ...

    The people who are at the house for the celebrations formulate their own idea of what the second stranger does before he says what he does, and the possibility that they are wrong also increases the suspense. The third knock is even more surprising, and when the third stranger begins

  2. Write about the descriptive writing and how it creates atmosphere In two detective mystery ...

    down to a black gap like the mouth of a cave,' this makes us think that if someone goes into the cave they may never be seen again. This gives a sense of mystery and intrigue about what may happen throughout the play.

  1. Pre-1914 Literature Arthur Conan Doyle

    This man has been humiliated because he has been caught begging when he is supposed to be of the upper class, ultimately the reason for begging was a sophisticated method of acquiring income to support the man's family, also revealing the male superior intelligence.

  2. Sherlock Holmes stories. How has Conan Doyle made the stories engaging for the reader?

    "It is fear, Mr. Holmes. It is terror". The impact on the reader for this shows exactly how she was feeling, and how scared she was because she believes that she is going to die like her sister that died two years before.

  1. How does Conan Doyle convey aspects of Victorian society in

    This fascination that the Victorians had for the gothic can be clearly seen in the Speckled Band, as there is a tyrannical male, women in extreme distress and emotional wrecks, an old manor house, the sense of impending doom and an omen, 'You've been cruelly used' marks on the woman's

  2. Sherlock Holmes - Explain what is revealed about life and beliefs in Victorian Britain ...

    In the story we see a very large contrast between the large country house of Neville St. Clair who is considerably well off, and the opium den on Upper Swandam Lane where Hugh Boone was supposed to have stayed.

  1. How are Heroes and Villains Presented in The adventures of Sherlock Holmes(TM)?

    From that last bit 'a face a man might die for' we can interpret it to mean she is very good at manipulating people. And we know that although she is beautiful she is ruthless. 'She has the face of the most beautiful of women, and the mind of the most resolute of men...'

  2. Analyse the ways in which Conan Doyle uses variety of plot, setting and mood ...

    It also shows the greed of the seller because as soon as money is mentioned he leaps on the opportunity, this gives us an insight into how harsh Victorian England must've been. It is also different because instead of the criminal being caught, Ryder is told to 'Get out', by Holmes.

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