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Two Stories which demonstrate the writers skills in creating interest, tension and suspense

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Two Stories which demonstrate the writers skills in creating interest, tension and suspense The speckled band is a Sherlock Holmes Investigation Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The title does not tell us about the story so straight away the reader is left with a sense of interest and tension. The reader Wants to know what this speckled band is about, is it a band of men wearing stripy clothes or about a speckled bracelet they do not know so straight away they want to read on to find out what this speckled band is. In the story Dr Waston is going over his notes when he notices that there are a lot of very strange cases " I find many tragic, some comic a large number merely strange." Why is Sherlock Holmes only accepting strange cases this builds interest in the reader. In the story, a young lady arrived she told him that her name was Helen stoner and that she lived with her step father due to her mothers death. Her stepfather was a doctor but due to his wife's death, which he has not been able, to cope with has abandoned his practice in London. When she died, she had left a big amount of money to Dr Roylott "not less then a thousand a year." But if either one of her daughters got married, then a certain amount of money must go to them. ...read more.


Sherlock Holmes tells Helen that Dr Watson and himself must spend the night in her room. He goes on to tell them that until then they will stay in the crown and that when Dr Roylott comes back, that she must go to her room saying that she has a headache. Then when he goes to his room to turn on her lamp next to the window and then they will come whilst she goes and stays the night in the Crown. This builds a lot of interest for the reader because they know that something is going to happen tonight but they still don't know what. That night Sherlock Holmes tells Dr Watson that he must come with him and tells him how the bed is fixed to the floor next to that ventilation shaft. As they are going to the grounds of Helen's home they find difficulty to get in. they noticed on the lawn a huge animal which ran across the lawn then they remembered that Dr Roylott kept a baboon and a cheetah there. When they enter the room they sit quietly in the dark waiting for something to happen. When they noticed a snake on the bell pulley they attacked it until it got away. Then they heard a loud scream come from Dr Roylott's room. When they found him dead with a snake on his lap and a mysterious speckled band around his head. ...read more.


The signalman was very distressed and asked the man to look out the door for the ghost, but did not see it. The bell the signalman hears is a warning just like in the Speckled Band, the hissing of the snake is the warning. The Signalman is worried because he wants to know why the ghost is here he is trapped because if he telegraphs for danger they will report that everything is ok. The signalman is pushed to his limits because he is so worried that something is going to happen but what is it going to happen to him. The next day the man arrives to see the signalman when he notices a crowd of people in the tunnel and the danger light was not lit. He ran down there to see what the problem was. "The signalman was killed this morning" The Man was shocked and wanted to know what happened to him when he is told that an engine cut him down. The Signalman is like The Speckled Band because there is a death in both stories and we did not anticipate either. There was no reason for the signalman's death but Dr Roylott died because he plotted something bad but it did not work and he ended killing himself. But the Signalman and The Speckled Band are not the same story however they both use the same techniques of tension and atmosphere to hold the reader's attention. Liam Wootton Page 1 of 9 ...read more.

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