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What appeal would the story “Speckled Band” have on Victorian audiences?

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What appeal does the story "Speckled Band" would have on Victorian audiences? The story "The Speckled Band' is one of the series of stories which were created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930). It is about a Victorian detective called Sherlock Holmes. The Sherlock Holmes stories had a wide audience from commuters to housewives who could relate the story to themselves; its readers regard this particular story as a Detective or a "locked room mystery". "The Speckled Band" story is about Doctor Roylott an evil and violent man who tries to kill his stepdaughter for her inherited wealth from her mother Mrs Stoner. In this essay I will explore the characters of Dr Roylott, Mrs Stoner and Sherlock Holmes. The "Speckled Band" is about a man called Dr Roylott and two of his stepdaughters. Dr Roylott is a very melodramatic, violent and morally bad person, who tries to kill his own stepdaughters for their inherited wealth from their mother to pay for his collapsed business. He successfully attempts to murder one of his stepdaughters. ...read more.

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Dr Roylott planed to kill his two stepdaughters in order to rescue his business. He successfully kills Helen Stoner's sister. But now Dr Roylott is trying to kill Helen Stoner. Then she is persuaded to move to the room where her sister was died; now she feels very exposed to danger and goes to town to see Holmes. Helen Stoner is a typical Victorian woman because when she went to town to see Holmes she dressed in black and heavily veiled. When she saw Holmes, she told him how fear full she is of Dr Roylott. Holmes said, " I observe that you are shivering." "It is not cold which makes me shiver," said the woman in a low voice, changing her seat as requested. "What then?" Holmes asked. " It is fear, Mr Holmes. It is terror." Sherlock Holmes as a detective plays a very important role; his character is very charismatic, mysterious. The Victorian era saw a hue growth in scientific theories, Holmes uses the science of observation and deduction to solve his cases. ...read more.

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"Ha! You put me off, do you?" said Dr Roylott, taking a step forward, shaking his hunting crop. "I know you, you scoundrel! I have heard of you before. You are Holmes the meddler." Holmes smiled. "Holmes the busybody." "Holmes the Scotland Yard jack in office." Holmes chuckled heartily. " Your conversation is most entertaining," "when you go out close the door, for there is a decided draught". " I will go when I have had my say. Don't you dare to meddle with me affairs? I know that Miss Stoner has been here- I traced her! I am a dangerous man to fall foul of! See here." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle uses many literary devices to convey an impression of suspense and many are placed throughout the story to ensure that the reader is always guessing as to what happen. The primary device that Doyle uses is a combination of melodrama and academic writing. Conan Doyle's hero Sherlock Holmes was popular in Victorian society because at the moment there weren't a lot of entertaining sources such as TV, cinema, also people could relate to themselves and another factor that his stories were so popular is that the reader could solve the crime. ...read more.

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