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Why do the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle continue to appeal to readers, even in the 21st century?

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Why do the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle continue to appeal to readers, even in the 21st century? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a famous author notably known for his series of 'Sherlock Holmes' detective narratives. He wrote four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes and the stories were much loved by the public in the era of which they were written. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Scotland on the 22nd of May 1859. He went to a boarding school at the age of nine and so no longer lived at home. After graduating he left to study medicine in Edinburgh. Doyle ended up working with a doctor called Joseph Bell. Some say he was Doyle's biggest influence as he seemed to share many characteristics with Doyle's most famous fictional character, Sherlock Holmes. Bell was said to be observational, logical and able to diagnose a patient without them even speaking. These characteristics are later evident in Sherlock Holmes; thus creating the basis of his character. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the writer of arguably the most famous fictional detective ever, Sherlock Holmes. He wrote his Sherlock Holmes stories in the Victorian era. The Victorian audience was fear-stricken and lived in constant terror of crime. Holmes surfaced at a time when crime was commonplace and the corrupted Police forces were incapable of protecting the public. ...read more.

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In 'The Speckled Band' it says; "The manor house is now very old and only one wing is now inhabited." This gives the impression that the house is decrepit and the fact that parts of the building are uninhabited means anything could be going on in there. A sinister atmosphere is created. Additionally, the two curving wings like 'crab claws' thrown out on each side are mysterious and give the impression that the house is alive. Also in 'The Speckled Band' a baboon and a cheetah were allowed to roam freely around this house. This is odd for many reasons, firstly why would he have such weird animals as pets, and secondly why let them freely roam around the house. 'The Speckled Band' is away from the busy inner city life and so anything can go on, but Doyle can also make completely contrasting locations just as good setting for a mystery. He makes London out to be a very seedy place and sets a story around an opium den in London. In addition with all the swarms of people in the town crime may often have gone unnoticed. Throughout all the stories in 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' the reader is able to get a clear idea as to how both Holmes' and Watson's characters are the perfect double team for solving crimes, and although Dr. ...read more.

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He would have been the perfect policeman for their time. In 'The Scandal in Bohemia' Holmes disguises himself as an old man to enable him to get into a house to inspect evidence. This skill of trickery shows he is a master detective able to deceive the criminals he is after. Modern day detectives also disguise themselves, although Holmes puts himself in his own league by being so peculiar. In conclusion, Sherlock Holmes is still popular today for many reasons. The story would appeal to modern readers because crime still goes on, and although times have changed, crimes haven't as much. This means that many stories can still be related to modern times. Also morals have been adapted into recent stories and so will always be popular as it teaches people valuable lessons. Furthermore, people enjoy the fact that all the crimes eventually are solved with all loose ends being tied and they like to pursue the challenge of working out the storyline before Holmes does; although it's almost impossible. Finally, readers like how Conan Doyle has intelligently made Watson the narrator because they can relate to him because the reader is pretty much as clueless with all that's going on as he is. Personally, I preferred the story 'The Speckled Band' because I found it very interesting and I enjoyed the fact that the book sustains edginess from its induction to its denouement. The narratives unpredictable conclusion was also intriguing and surprised me. By James Harrison ...read more.

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