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What is there in the Sherlock Holmes stories to appeal to the modern reader?

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What is there in the Sherlock Holmes stories to appeal to the modern reader? The adventures of Sherlock Holmes are classic, timeless and popular stories that are read all over the world, although over one hundred years old. The unusual plots and diversity of characters are just two of the appealing qualities they have to offer. A modern reader would enjoy the tales as it proves a challenge to predict the outcome of each and every story. For example in "The Red-headed League", you would never have expected Mr Jabez Wilson's able and hard working assistant in his pawn-broker shop to have been the culprit for the crime and also to be connected with the actual red-headed league. It was later obvious that he only worked with Mr Wilson because his shop was exceedingly near the bank which was a tunnel's distance away. I believe that a modern reader would enjoy this aspect of each story as it always keeps every possible person a suspect. Rarely is it the person you suspect it is, so you are totally surprised at the outcome on discovering who the culprit actually is. ...read more.

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As they seem to come to life and you can imagine Holmes and Watson solving these challenging crimes. Modern readers would enjoy Sherlock Holmes because of the 'denouements' at the end of each story. In the story of 'A Scandal in Bohemia', Holmes reveals all to Watson and how he was revealed by a woman and that he himself found the picture that the King of Bohemia so desperately wanted back. This is not however the only reason as to why modern readers would enjoy the d�nouements, it is the way that Conan-Doyle explains each d�nouement with simplicity but yet in an effective manner. If this was not however the situation and Conan-Doyle never introduced the d�nouement, then the readers would never find out the ending as Holmes never gives it away during the story. The use of the d�nouement builds up suspense and excitement as you know that soon enough the plot will be unravelled and the brilliant way in which Holmes solves the crime will be revealed. My penultimate point is how Holmes solved the crimes in task and what methods he used to do it in. ...read more.

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It is also fascinating reading about all of the different clubs and dens available at that time to join, for example 'Opium Dens' and 'Gentleman Clubs'. The role of women seen in Sherlock Holmes was typical of that time, as women were very much subordinate to men; however Conan Doyle creates a character exempt from this generalisation, called Irene Adler. A modern reader would enjoy this detail about London as it provides them with insight about how London operated over one hundred years ago. It also comments on daily life for both men and women and what there was for the working and upper class to enjoy. The characters of Holmes and Watson prove to be if not the best crime solving duo ever to of reached our very own eyes. In writing about Holmes and Watson, Conan Doyle created a prototype which has inspired many modern writers, such as the infamous pair Batman and his sidekick Robin and more recently, Jonathan Creek and his assistant Madeline. This shows the timeless nature of Holmes and Watson as they still demonstrate to be the original crime solving team and in my eyes one of the best around. * QUOTES * STYLE * REDUCE 'ANDS' * SHORTEN SENTENCES * BE PRECISE * LITERARY TRADITION Matthew Mullard 10R ...read more.

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