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This essay uses A Conan Doyle interpretation of three cases in 'the adventures of Sherlock Holmes', to demonstrate how language, setting, characterisation and the role of the women reflects different aspects of Victorian society and life style.

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SHERLOCK HOLMES COURSEWORK This essay uses A Conan Doyle interpretation of three cases in 'the adventures of Sherlock Holmes', to demonstrate how language, setting, characterisation and the role of the women reflects different aspects of Victorian society and life style. A Conan Doyle uses typical language that is relevant for the Victorian period. In each of the cases, we expect to find a wide range of techniques used to emphasise and create an image of Victorian society and lifestyle in the readers mind. A Conan Doyle applies figurative language, repetition, grotesque and satirical caricatures and long complex sentences with detailed description. These techniques that A Conan Doyle uses helps the reader to understand the setting and characterisation more distinctly and clearly. A Conan Doyle uses figurative language to make the reader create an image in their heads of the character or setting. Figurative language is a range of metaphors and similes that are being compared to a person or thing. Here is an example that A Conan Doyle has used in 'the speckled band' (description of Dr. Roylott), "high thin fleshless nose gave him some what resemblance to a fierce old bird of prey." ...read more.

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'The man with the twisted lip' women were really clumsy and weak. The readers can see this from the way Mrs. St Clair always kept fainting at the sight of blood, "Mrs. St Clair had fainted at the sight of blood.", however there were some woman that were really sly and cunning, like Irene Adler from 'scandal in bohemia', when she tricked Sherlock Holmes and eloped with her fianc�, "how best plans of Sherlock Holmes were beaten by a woman's wit." In Victorian times women were really weaker than men. 'The second stain' describes a clumsy woman, where a man blackmails a woman for a letter that could start war with another country. The weakness shows as she gives in to the man, "...in return for my secret not to be let out, he told me to get the blue envelope in the box. So I did..." A Conan Doyle's 'thee adventure of Sherlock Holmes', gives readers an image of how Victorian London appeared. Readers are given the impression that Victorian London was a very dull, dirty and contaminated place. ...read more.

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"...we heard the hoarse roar of the doctors voice, and saw the fury with which he shook his clenched fists at him." From these quotes the readers can tell that Victorian people despised this sort of attitude, because he turns violent and furious easily. By reading Sherlock Holmes the readers find many lifestyles, it just depends on which character is described. If it is a poor person then there lifestyle is at the opium den where it is a, "low room", with "thick and heavy brown opium smoke", and back in the Victorian times there were a lot of poor people, so the opium dens would've been packed, "...forecastle of an emigrant ship". If it is a heroic person like Sherlock Holmes or Dr Watson than their lifestyle is rich and cosy lifestyle for example a house with a maid, big cosy "armchair", in front of a big chimney fire in a, "cheery sitting room", with a nice friendly atmosphere. But if it is a villainous and hated person like Dr Roylott then their lifestyle will be dark, very gloomy and unpleasant, for example an old wrecked house that nobody has cared for, "the few acres of bramble covered land". ...read more.

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