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Why do you think the Victorian detective stories of "Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were, and continue to be so popular?

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Why do you think the Victorian detective stories of "Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were, and continue to be so popular? Mike Baines 10H When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the ever so popular Sherlock Holmes, the British public thrived to solve the mysterious events of story after story. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used credible characters so the working class public could relate to the then incomplete police force that they thought sluggish and dim-witted. The stories seemed mystical and strange but with the general knowledge of Holmes, the cases unravel to the bottom. In this essay I will be examining the following stories "The Speckled Band", "The Six Napoleons", and "The Red Headed League". The Sherlock Holmes chronicles were written in the Victorian era. In that time London was an intriguing place to live by day, but by night the dark horrific rapists and drug addicts appeared out from the shadows. Due to the 1870 Education Act, more people were reading and writing so they wanted something to read The Stand, a magazine Sir Arthur Doyle wrote for, gave them this with Sherlock Holmes. ...read more.

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The Victorian public loved the 'gentleman' and when Sherlock Holmes came out with good manner. How Holmes goes to solve the mysteries is by looking at the smallest clue and working on that like in 'The Red Headed League' he works upon the young servant Vincent Spaulding, and his photography hobby in the cellar. Holmes always is one step ahead of his 'Dear Watson'. The setting in 'The Speckled Band' is the most important part in the plot because of the way it is described, "Gathering darkness" and lonesome, half damaged, half kept as it should, and the wild animals that roam free around the palace of wilderness. The reader visualises the house, Stoke Moran, as a forbidden, dangerous place to be" The building was grey...stone..with..two curving wings, like the claws of a crab..the windows were broken.". 'The Red Headed League' on the other hand is more mysterious but not in the same way as 'The Speckled Band'. This is where a pawnbroker is drawn away form his shop, why his assistant was secretly digging a tunnel from the cellar of the pawnshop to rob the bank directly behind the shop. ...read more.

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He describes exactly the dense network of East London streets frequently used by 'Jack the Ripper'. "Dark and dim. It is unnerving and scary and disorientating, like being enveloped in fog" and "Holmes's shrill whittle, the clink of the horses hoofs, silence broken by occasional policeman's footfall or songs and shouts of some belated party of revellers In 1893 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle grew bored to death with his alter ego Sherlock Holmes, and in 'The Final Problem' killed him off. He was last seen fighting his archenemy Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls. But with the outcry for Holmes he devised a method for him to have survived and in 'The Empty House' I think that Sherlock Holmes is still well liked by the British public because he gives a way of life to the old Victorian era. I liked all the stories I had read because I like a problem with as little clues at all so I can work it out myself. Arthur Conan Doyle must have been over skilled in English to write such complex stories with such calibre. Mike Baines 10H Sherlock Holmes essay page 1 09/05/2007 ...read more.

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