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The similarities and differences of three detective fiction stories: The Speckled Band, A Scandal In Bohemia and The Dancing Men all written by the magnificent Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Our task involves doing an essay on the similarities and differences of three detective fiction stories: The Speckled Band, A Scandal In Bohemia and The Dancing Men all written by the magnificent Arthur Conan Doyle. The genre of these particular stories is all based on Crime/detective. All three stories have the same type of structure although the contents are different. Even though the contents are different, the way they are organised is similar because they are detective stories we should expect similarities between them. Despite the different characters the crime and action in all three is similar. In all three stories there is the same central character Sherlock Holmes-the detective and his great friend Dr John Watson-the first narrator. Before studying these short stories we had expectations of detective fictions, for example we expected for there to be: * A Complication * A Exploration * A Climax * And finally a Resolution A brief summary of the three outstanding stories we studied. The Speckled Band Helen Stoner approaches Sherlock Holmes about the murder of her sister the night before she was duo to get married. Holmes investigates the cause of death. A Scandal In Bohemia The king of Bohemia comes to see Holmes about a valuable photo, which he needs to get hold of before it ruins his life. ...read more.

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A Scandal In Bohemia "the king of Bohemia is being blackmailed and so he approaches Holmes for help. The Dancing Men- Hilton Cubitt approaches Holmes for help because he is being sent childish drawings of dancing men. In all three stories the clients seem to be scared and frightened. Another similarity I notified is that in two of the stories Holmes is sent letters The Dancing Men-childish drawings, A Scandal In Bohemia - the king sends Holmes a letter for help. The clients later approach Holmes. However, in The Speckled Band the client has telephoned Holmes, no letter has been sent. This emphasizes a difference. In all three stories the client explains the history behind their current problem with brief interjections usually in question form from Holmes. This emphasizing that Holmes is a good listener. Although Watson is relating the stories to us the problems are conveyed by the client through explanatory dialogue. Another similarity is that all the clients seem to be wealthy, landed or well known. For example in The Speckled Band Helen's stepfather is well -known by the local people and he also owns a lot of land. In A Scandal In Bohemia the king is obviously well known and rich. Payment for Holmes is also mentioned. A Scandal In Bohemia 'the king took a heavy bag from under his cloak and laid it on the table-"There are three hundred pounds in gold and seven hundred in notes". ...read more.

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Holmes then tells Watson how he reached his conclusions. Another similarity is that he learns something from each case and realizes his mistakes. For example in A Scandal In Bohemia he learns that sometimes he's out smarted. In The Dancing Men he finds out that those childish drawings are more than they seem to be and finally The Speckled Band he learns jumping to conclusion is not the right thing. Even though Holmes's makes mistakes everything seems to fit in at the end. This is shown in The Dancing Men where he is too late and again in The Speckled Band when he first suspects the gipsies but soon realizes that cannot be. The difference in the resolution is that they end in different ways since they have different plots. Holmes learns a number of different things from each case and he also makes different mistakes. I have learnt that Arthur Conan Doyle had a certain structure to his stories. The stories had many similarities duo to two main characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr.Watson. Because the stories are from a series I think we can expect for there to be similarities. I think Arthur Conan Doyle did try to make every story as unique and different as possible. If the stories were all the same I think they would get really boring but because the stories are different they are very interesting. Because they are detective stories we should expect similarities between them. I really enjoyed reading and studying these stories. Sherlock Holmes Essay Samina Iqbal 10B1 (10P) ...read more.

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