• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

With reference to two of the stories that you have read discuss what makes Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle such a successful crime writer within the genre of detective writing

Extracts from this document...


14 - C With reference to two of the stories that you have read discuss what makes Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle such a successful crime writer within the genre of detective writing Arthur Conan-Doyle is such a successful crime writer because he uses a wide range of techniques, such as using real names and places, to make it very believable. Conan-Doyle also chose elaborate and mysterious crimes for Sherlock Holmes to solve. Holmes doesn't use any supernatural powers to solve the crime but by using logical means so the reader can believe the stories more. Conan-Doyle introduces criminals early. The criminal usually has distinguishing features that set them apart from ordinary people. As Conan-Doyle writes the story he gives the reader all the clues Holmes is given. Watson is also used to get Sherlock Holmes to explain the clues so the reader can believe they can solve the crime. I read the Speckled Band and A Scandal in Bohemia. The Speckled Band is about a woman who comes to Holmes fearing for her life. The woman is called Miss Stoner. When her mother died she left all her assets to her husband, Miss Stoners step-father, Dr Roylott. However, if the daughters were to marry they would get a percentage of the assets. ...read more.


Dr Roylott is introduced and made to seem like a dangerous man. This also interests the reader, because people like dangerous and bad criminals. "Violence of temper approaching to mania has been hereditary in the men of the family and in my step-fathers case it had, I believe, been intensified by his long residence in the tropics." Miss Stoner is describing her step-fathers violence. Conan-Doyle is making the criminal appeal to the audience. The audience will assume he is a bad man and want him caught, but when he dies, the reader will think Dr Roylott deserved it because they have grown to hate him. Conan-Doyle also developed "Sherlockhomitos" Sherlockhomitos is the technique employed by Sherlock Holmes of making deductions from very few clues. Conan-Doyle developed this technique in the Sherlock Holmes books. "You must have started early yet you had a good drive in a dog cart, along heavy roads, before you reached the station." This is an example of Sherlockhomitos in The Speckled Band. Sherlock Holmes has just seen Miss Stoner, yet he can work out her journey just from looking at her. This technique makes the reader more interested in the story because they wonder how Holmes deduced it. ...read more.


In A Scandal of Bohemia the reader assumes that Holmes and the King will get the picture, however, Holmes is outwitted by a woman. This is very shocking to the reader, as, in the time the book was written woman were looked down on by men and often had poor education. Yet Holmes, who the reader considers extremely clever, is outwitted by a woman. This makes Holmes seem normal again. Conan-Doyle never lets Holmes get too unrealistic. As Holmes explains how he knew the criminal and how they did the crime, he refers back to pieces of evidence we was given earlier in the book. This makes the reader finally understand the importance of the evidence given. All the techniques make for a very good crime book. To the reader, the stories are very realistic because it never gets too unrealistic and everything sounds feasible. Conan-Doyle gives Holmes special techniques such as Sherlockhomitos to help him sound better than most people, but also makes him outwitted by Irene Adler in A Scandal of Bohemia so he seems normal again. Watson helps Conan-Doyle explain clues and such to the reader in more detail so they can understand them and build up their own theory in their head. This keeps the reader interested because they want more clues and to see if their theory is correct. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle essays

  1. ‘The Sign of Four’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Holmes tends to use Watson as a messenger, an example being when he is sent to fetch 'Toby' the sniffer dog Chapter 7 In the opening paragraph, Watson describes Marston as caring, and that she supported 'someone weaker than her'.

  2. "How does Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle create suspense in 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band.'

    her hair was short with premature gray, and her expression was weary and haggard. She seems to be old and also she seems quite depressed. You can see this from the words and phrases which is used to describe her.

  1. Sherlock Holmes - Explain what is revealed about life and beliefs in Victorian Britain ...

    Another example of this lack of independence in women is in "The Man with the Twisted Lip" when Kate Whitney requests Dr. Watson to find her husband in the opium den, "How could she, a young and timid woman, make her way into such a place, and pluck her husband out from among the ruffians who surrounded him."

  2. Examine the techniques used to engage the reader in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The ...

    This intrigues us and we now fear for the female protagonist, Helen Stoner. If we were to find out the villain of the story from the beginning it wouldn't be as effective.

  1. An analysis of the Detective Genre.

    this quote was taken from The Devils foot and this again demonstrates Watson's hero worship and the fact that he feels privileged to be associated with Holmes. It also means that Watson gets to see the cases first hand and he gets to assist Holmes in solving his cases.

  2. Why do you think Conan Doyle's crime

    "They seems to have been of a most interesting character-dummy bell-ropes, and ventilators which do not ventilate." This makes the audience think that something is not really right and makes them read on. Sherlock Holmes brings out all little clues which are all being told throughout the story but have

  1. Pre-1914 Literature Arthur Conan Doyle

    As we can see, the Victorian attitudes varied a lot when it came to the topic of equality between genders, this is concerning gender as the differences between men and women. The previous points and evidence has displayed to us that Victorians saw women as foolish and not intelligent: "and that you have a most clumsy and careless servant girl?"

  2. Why do you think that Conan Doyle's crime stories have been so popular?

    Holmes and Dr Watson are friends and when they talk in dangerous situations they both talk very calmly and very formally like when Holmes said to Watson "if they fire, Watson, have no compunction about shooting them down". Another occasion is when Watson asks "can I be of assistance?"

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work