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'The short stories involving Sherlock Holmes manage to successfully combine many of the classic ingredients of the detective genre.' With reference to the FIVE stories which you have studied, prove this to be the case.

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'The short stories involving Sherlock Holmes manage to successfully combine many of the classic ingredients of the detective genre.' With reference to the FIVE stories which you have studied, prove this to be the case. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a man of great intelligence who was brought up to love books. Influenced by his father's criminal work, Doyle produced his first 'Holmes' story in 1887. Sherlock Holmes was created by the amazing imagination of Doyle, with his 'sidekick', Watson. The great detective stories were very intriguing. Doyle planned to end the series in 1893 but due to great public demand, resurrected his popular hero in 1903.The character of Sherlock brought hope to the Victorians as they disliked the police force. Crime rates were high and many of the police force were corrupt themselves. In 1892, at 221B Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes arrived and graced London with a hope of crime solving. Jack the Ripper was still walking the streets, killing women, leaving clues but yet the police were unable to catch him. The mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, written by Arthur Conan Doyle, provided the people of London with a hope that one day Jack the Ripper may be captured and brought to justice. The role of women in the Victorian Age was very simple and limited. We have an example of a stereotypical Victorian woman in 'The Speckled Band'. Helen Stoner had a "face drawn and grey" and her "expression was wear and haggard." ...read more.


A stereotypical detective has a sharp mind, is observant, occasionally odd or strange. They like to be in charge and have a dislike of authority and seem to never fail. They have a lack of home life or family and do not care about others options. From looking at these key characteristics, it can easily be seen that Holmes has all or more of these; he is well known for he incredible observation skills. All of the Sherlock Holmes Stories and detective cases are written in first person narrative. It shows this in 'The specked band' "In glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend Sherlock Holmes" In Sherlock Holmes, most of the cases have a touch of melodrama in it. You can tell this by the layout of each story.He views his job as'time filler' which saves him from "ennui"; this suggests he doesn't have a life outside of detective work, and that his work is his life. He doesn't encounter love, as he feels it will interfere with his job, and cloud his judgement in a role which he sees as being vital within the area he lived. Holmes and his relationship with Watson is very similar to Inspector Morse who was described as often miserable and cranky; he would rather drink beer than talk to you. ...read more.


Also, due to the fact that Watson, as our narrator, falls for these 'red herrings' means we believe him, because we are "closer, in a sense, to him. Conan Doyle uses suspense to keep his reader interested in many various ways. One of these is the opening- some of which can be very dramatic. His description of people are very detailed which builds up a mental picture of the scenario. Sherlock constantly refuses to reveal the answer to the end, but says things that intrigue the reader. In the mysteries, Holmes provides a driving wagon for the cases, solving them whilst also making them seem realistic - rather than a far-fetched idea which could only happen within literature, and not within the modern world. He also concludes each story with a 'summing up' of how the plot has developed, and how he has been crucial to the case. In this, we find out the final resolution to the case, which we have been unaware of up until the end. It keeps the reader in suspense and makes people read the entire story just to find out the ending, which is usually different to how they imagined it, due to the red-herrings within Sherlock Holmes' adventures. I think that the stories show classic detective genre as all the stories have a classic villain. Also Doyle uses short, dramatic sentences. He shows a lot of expression through his punctuation. Doyle creates suspense (making it a classic detective genre) by using the word 'suddenly'. ?? ?? ?? ?? Emily Kingham 10MA ...read more.

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