• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The speckled band - summary

Extracts from this document...


The speckled band At the very beginning of the story, Dr. Watson introduces the case. He explains that he has only just been able to release details of this case because of the 'untimely death' of a lady to whom he vowed to keep the details secret. "It is perhaps as well that the facts should now come to light, for I have reason to know that there are widespread rumours as to the death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott which tends to make the matter even more terrible than the truth." Watson's introduction fills the reader with anticipation. His suggestion of the secrecy surrounding the case makes it seem more intriguing and his suggestion that the truth of it is in someway 'terrible' creates suspense as the reader awaits the descriptions of these so called terrors. Doyle has already managed to grip the reader, very subtly through giving the least amount of information possible. Little light is shed on the plot, at this point but the reader undoubtedly has their own ideas surrounding the contents of this case. This most probably was one of the tools many of the writers used at the time. ...read more.


The way in which Doyle uses characterization is significant and very important in short stories, through informational descriptions he gives, with underlying meanings, he is able to successfully create suspense, atmospheres and arouse anticipation in the reader. The atmosphere is uneasy at the start of the tale, Doyle has used a lot of emotive language making the readers identify with the poor victim Helen, we have been introduced to the repugnant Roylott and Helens situation seems desperate. We learn from Helena that hers sister died shortly before her marriage. Helen tells of the death, hers sisters state that night and the clues to her coincidental death. The daughters, Helen and her sister were to receive a dowry of the annual income of the mother in the event of their marriage. Sherlock later finds the will of the deceased mother and sees the exact sum. "Each daughter can claim an income of 250 pounds, in case of marriage. It is evident, therefore, that if both girls had married, this beauty would have had a mere pittance, while even one of them would cripple him to a very serious extent" From learning these facts, Doyle allows the readers' minds formulate their own conclusions, with the suggestion of the stepfather being the murder. ...read more.


Upon entering Dr. Roylott's room, and seeing the 'speckled band', only then does Sherlock tell. Now we learn of precisely the extent of Sherlock's intelligence. Although at the beginning of the story Holmes seemed almost super-human in his deduction of how the lady arrived. But these type of occurrences which continued throughout the story, caused the reader to marvel at the prowess of Holmes. Many of his observations don't have occurred to the average human . ' "Her sister could smell Dr Roylott's cigar . . . There must be a communication . . . Only a small one. . . I deduced a ventilator". This shows how successfully Doyle's uses characterization, With all the factors Doyle used he managed to give the best possible effect of the story upon the readers, along with this he also wrote the story in the first person. By writing in the first person as Watson, Doyle was able to give the full effect of the story to the readers, as if they themselves were present. The fact, that they were in darkness and Watson couldn't seem what Holmes' had discovered, keeps the tension and suspense built through the story. The anguish of anticipation the readers feel is only fulfilled at the end, the revelation of the mystery. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle essays

  1. How Is Tension Created In The Speckled Band?

    These could all lead the reader to imagine and create and believe in possible combinations of killers, methods and motives. These add tension, because then the reader and Dr. Watson alike do not know who to trust. Even as I read it, I placed some suspicion in Holmes capability, for

  2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "The speckled band" - plot summary.

    The unknown is achieved mainly by the death of Julia Stoner, we find out that Julia's death was a closed room mystery; all the door and windows in her room were shut and locked and there were no trapdoors. Another thing that increases the suspense in this element is when

  1. Examine How Tension and Suspense are ¡®Created in The Stolen Bacillus¡¯ and ¡®The Adventure ...

    Wells then goes on to describe the wife chasing after the bacteriologist because he has forgotten his coat, shoes and hat. Then the cabs drive past a group of cabmen waiting for their shift to start, these are like

  2. Relevant history & Business environment.

    Companies have also focused on other areas, such as the smaller conference sector. Generally speaking, London hoteliers remain optimistic about the underlying recovery in the market. With improving demand levels, they hope to soon be in a position to curtail future price discounting. March 2002 hotel performance . Occupancy (%)

  1. To what extent do The Speckled Band and The Gatewood Caper fulfil my expectations ...

    After Helen has explained who she is and why she has actually come seek Holmes's help he immediately starts to question Helen Stoner about what she is saying happened the night before her sister Julia died so a mysterious death.

  2. “The Veldt” and “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”

    There is a heavy moral element to "The Veldt". Ray Bradbury wants us to consider the consequences of new technology. He describes what might happen if parents used technology to look after their children in order that they might free themselves and enjoy a social life.

  1. Prose study, tension in the red room, the ostler and the speckled band.

    Being such a large place it is an unknown, and what we do not know is far more frightening than what we do know. The descriptions are long and slow simulating the young mans walk towards his destination. We are being 'drip fed' the information, he is the protagonist and

  2. Both the Adventure of the Speckled Band and Lamb to the Slaughter share some ...

    Sir Conan Doyle wrote detective fiction in the Speckled Band for a reader who would appreciate the traditional structure, adapting from a more serious, realistic Victorian lifestyle where the doctors were of a higher society. The story gives the reader a hint or motive for murder in the very beginning

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work