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Was Sherlock Holmes an Archetypal Victorian Gentleman?

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GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle

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Jesse McDonald

18th November 2008

Was Sherlock Holmes an Archetypal Victorian Gentleman?

The famous fictional detective by the name of Sherlock Holmes was first introduced to the public domain in eighteen eighty seven. In the years that followed Sherlock Holmes became a household name, much loved by the public. Holmes was the creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who at one point in time announced he would not be writing any further cases for the detective. However, due to continued pressure by the media and the British public he continued to write mysteries for the detective, right up until his death in nineteen thirty. Something about the Sherlock Holmes series struck a chord in the hearts of so many readers. In the following essay I will review the key characteristics of Sherlock Holmes. I will then, with the use of evidence from a variety of the stories, analyse whether Sherlock Holmes was an archetypal Victorian gentleman.

Before we can begin to analyse the characteristics of Sherlock Holmes it is important that we understand the environment he lived and worked in. Victorian London was a place of disturbing contrasts and divides where the middle-class folk

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