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The short stories involving Sherlock Homes manage to successfully combine many of the classic ingredients of the detective genre.

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The short stories involving Sherlock Homes manage to successfully combine many of the classic ingredients of the detective genre. The late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a phenomenally successful writer, not only in the Victorian era but is still popular today; his Sherlock Homes stories were perhaps his most successful, in which he combines realistic situations of murders and scandals with the improbable situation of such a successful detective. Victorian London was an exceptionally dangerous place to live. Prostitution, opium dens and murders were inescapable. A women's role within the household was very much dependent on her class and her husband, purely due to the fact was that herr husband was the breadwinner. They were to stay at home; sex was supposedly purely for reproduction. London's police force was around but famously was rather ineffective with solving crimes. This is one of the reasons Holmes was extremely popular; almost a fantasy world where a character with such an inquisitive mind could solve the most challenging misdemeanours. Conan Doyle sets his stories in the heart of England, London. Perhaps this is because the busy bustling town is ideal for such a character, London Is the most important place in England, and therefore surely Holmes must be the most important detective? Conan's Doyle's stories are all in some way alike; they all have a villain, or somebody who is believed to break society's rules. ...read more.

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The short sentences convey stress and the ideas are like a fragmented list. Irene Adler is expressed by Conan Doyle as being strong, trust worthy and resolute when Homes says, "I know that her word is inviolate" This shows if Sherlock Holmes renowned detective for his success all over Europe is willing to state to a king, that he has undoubted trust in Mrs Adler, then she is obviously very truthful. A stereotypical view of women is that they gossip and can't ever really be trusted with others secrets, Holmes completely overlooks this. This is how Conan Doyle wants Holmes to be perceived, somebody that is respectful of people, no matter what race, gender, sexuality or status. Perhaps he has more feelings for her than Conan Doyle portrays. Conan Doyle implies that Homes is too professional and mature about not involving suspects with his social life. This is classic for the detective genre as a detective should never get romantically involved with his suspects. Although by 1837 most countries had police forces they were renowned for being unsuccessful. Holmes was considered and considered himself more successful than the police. In 'the Man With the Twisted Lip' when Holmes works out that Neville St Claire was not a beggar the inspector says to Holmes; "Well I have been twenty seven years in the force, but this really takes the cake." ...read more.

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The 'Speckled Band' uses gypsies as its false trail leading the readers to believe that they are directly involved with the crime. Is it Conan Doyle's words that put the gypsies up as suspects, or is it the readers own assumptions. The conclusion of all Conan Doyle's stories is always pertinent to the whole story and stimulating the reader's mind. The stories would be unsuccessful and unlike the whole detective genre if the ending was foreseeable from the start. In the 'Red Headed League' Holmes explains how through science, conjecture and a truly gifted mind he worked out the whole mischievous scheme; "I surprised you by beating upon the pavement with my stick. I was ascertaining whether the cellar stretched out in front or behind." No reader would have predicted this was the reason for the beating of this stick. This is the type of fascinating unpredictable actions, which make detective stories almost addictive until the end and appealing to the reader. Conan Doyle made sure that all questions during the story are answered and no queries left hanging. This is alluring to all readers as the endings are moral and all dilemmas are resolved. Detective story's have become one of the most popular genre, authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle manage to make even the most straightforward storylines interesting and appealing to all readers simply because of false trails, red herrings and the way information is with held to the reader. ...read more.

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