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"The Speckled Band" - Arthur Conan Doyle

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"What appeal would the story 'the speckled band have had for a Victorian audience" The story "The Speckled Band" was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and published in "The Strand Magazine" in 1892. The story contains the very famous and popular character Sherlock Holmes. In this essay I will discuss the popularity of the Holmes stories for a Victorian audience. To do this I will look at the use of realistic locations, the originality of the Holmes character and the use of a first person narrator (Dr. Watson). "The Speckled Band" is a story that portrays life in the Victorian audience. In this story a woman pleas for help from Holmes about the death of her sister Julia. The story goes on to look for the audience to convict the woman's stepfather. ...read more.


We are told how he makes "deductions as swift as intuitions." He is also chivalrous and often helps women in distress, and he never accepts payment for his heroics, whilst he helps people within the Victorian community. He seems to be a loner and is seen as an individual and he doesn't seem to like other people. Helen Stoner is the daughter of a tyrant of a stepfather where she is woman in anguish and agony. She is worried about becoming a victim as her sister was before her. Being a woman in distress is a key element in Victorian stories as well as the Holmes stories. She is seen as vulnerable and scared like a 'hunted animal.' Helen appears to be melodramatic, for example she wears a "black veil" when she visits Holmes, years after her sister's death, and shows the audience that she is deeply distressed. ...read more.


Dr. Watson is a key element in the Holmes stories, he also narrates stories as real cases. Dr. Watson is so honest and dependable which makes Holmes even more eccentric, with his moodiness, violin playing and drug addiction. Watson is quite normal and down to earth, where we the audience can relate and empathise with him and where Holmes is perfect and really gifted. Holmes usually only comes to life when he is solving cases. Realism plays a very important part in this story. To create this realism Conan Doyle uses real locations such as 'waterloo', 'leatherhead'-in surrey. He has written this story in first person that creates realism too. There is also a part in the story about the family history of the Roylott. The family goes way back to the 'Angelo Saxons.' Holmes himself actually lives in a real place, 221B. English GCSE Coursework Hiten Jetha ...read more.

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