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"The man with the twisted lip"," The Speckled Band" and "The Six Napoleons" are three stories that show their popularity

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Sherlock Holmes Essay Sherlock Holmes stories are still popular, "The man with the twisted lip"," The Speckled Band" and "The Six Napoleons" are three stories that show their popularity. They are popular because there is an element of competition between Sherlock Holmes and the reader. The clues in the three stories are presented for the readers benefit. Another reason why they are so popular is that the crimes are unusual and challenging for both the reader and Sherlock Holmes. The stories clearly show the bond and relationship between Holmes and Watson, they show something of society and they challenge our intelligence. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writes the stories in a way that challenges the reader's intelligence and wills them to solve the clues before Sherlock Holmes does. Dr Watson is there to ask the questions that the reader cannot. The clues that Sherlock Holmes finds are not ordinary clues; they are complex in the way that they are given to the reader to make them think. A lot of red herrings are given to throw the reader off the scent, which just makes them even more determined to solve the crimes. ...read more.


The way the class system works including importance amongst people and how technology was basic and limited. In the "Speckled Band" the Roylett family had no money and yet their status in society had stayed the same for years. Because of the 'Royletts' name, the people of the lower-class look up to them and the people in the town where they lived were proud to have such an important family living there. It is the same in the "Man With The Twisted Lip", as soon as Neville StClair had supposedly been murdered; the beggar and the Lascar were blamed. Lascar means an East Indian Sailor, almost like a pirate of the seas. The Police call the person by that name just because he looks of Indian origin, which sets the picture of racism of that time. Also, the picture is a typical view of poverty, smoke and beggars which is a very powerful image for the readers of today's world. The unusual nature of the crimes adds to the popularity of the Sherlock Holmes stories. ...read more.


One of the main contributors of the popularity is the language that Sir Arthur Cannon Doyle uses in his stories, his use of complex sentences describes scenes, characters in detail and creates an image for the reader. The use of conversation is polite and formal but there is a part of melodramaticism in the way that the people of that era spoke, also there is an emphasis on class. The Sherlock Holmes short stories are still popular in this era because of the continuing effort between Sherlock Holmes and the reader to solve the crime first. I believe that this is one of the main points in the popularity. Another reason is the relationship between Holmes and Watson and their friendship they share when solving the crimes. The crimes also share a big part in the popularity of the stories because they are challenging and unusual, so the reader has to think about them. Society plays a small part in the popularity with the use of powerful images that Sir Arthur Canon Doyle lays out to the reader. Isaac Wardle 10R - 1 - ...read more.

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