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

Write about the descriptive writing and how it creates atmosphere In two detective mystery stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The author is a man who brought detective stories into the world. The word detective had not been made until three years before Arthur Conan Doyle was born. Before Arthur Conan Doyle people used to read criminals confessions. Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh on 22 May 1859. His parents were Charles Altamont and Mary Foley Doyle. He was one of ten children and only seven of these survived. Charles Altamont Doyle was a civil servant and Mary Doyle ran a boarding house. In 1874 Arthur Conan Doyle passed his university matriculation exam. During the summer of 1878 he worked as a doctor in general practise. In 1879 Arthur Conan Doyle sold his first short story to Chambers' journal. Arthur received his masters in Biology in 1881. In 1883, a short story entitled "Habakuk Jephson's statement" was published. Arthur received a M.D in 1885. Arthur started to write adventure stories to gain extra money. He became a doctor in 1887. His first Sherlock Holmes book came out in 1887. The character was based on Edgar Allan Poe's detective C. Auguste Dupin and Eugene Francois Vidoq. By 1891 he had become a full time writer. ...read more.

Middle

We are told very little about what is happening. Although we are told many clues which are not needed in the story. I think that the beginning of the story does not prepare us for what happens later on in the story. This is manly because at the start of the story we are just led into the opium den and not told what the actual crime is. I think that The Speckled Band has a much better start to the story then The Man with the Twisted Lip. The setting at the beginning of the book is in London this is the same setting throughout the story except when Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson go into the countryside to see his wife. Write about the different descriptions of London and the countryside in each story. What atmosphere does Conan Doyle create through these descriptions? In the Man with the Twisted Lip the story is set in London, whereas in the Speckled Band the story is mainly set in the countryside although Helen does visit London to speak to Sherlock Holmes for the first time. The crime takes place in London in The Man with Twisted Lip and so Arthur Conan Doyle writes in a sinister way then the countryside, whereas in the Speckled Band the crime takes place in the countryside so Arthur Conan Doyle writes in a sinister way then London. ...read more.

Conclusion

He never tells anyone his solution, he just shows that it is right. He is good at observing most things that happen. About nine o'clock the light among the trees was extinguished, and all was dark in the direction of the Manor House.' This makes us think that something is going to happen soon because the light of hope has gone out and all is left is darkness in the world. It shows that the investigation is coming to a close that the light has gone and all is left is darkness. '-a very gentle , soothing sound, like that of a small kettle.' This makes the Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson become aware of what was happening. This was the beginning of a few minutes when they would find out what had killed Helen's sister. This brings a lot of tension into the story because this is what the whole story is based on. Out of both stories I enjoyed 'The Man with Twisted Lip' better than the 'Speckled Band' because it was more mysterious and you got to get actually into the story. You had to start at the beginning when Sherlock Holmes started and had to take all of the clues as and when Sherlock Holmes did and you had to work out was going on at the same time as Sherlock Holmes. Georgina Harding English Coursework ...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. Compare the Techniques used to create mystery and suspense by sir Arthur Conan Doyle ...

    He could be the Lonely One on the break of his monthly sin or a passer by. The author also mimics the body at these panic points. As the character of Lavinia gets breathless, her heartbeat and respirationincreases. This is shown by short sentences, as though she is gasping for breath.

  2. 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Engineer's Thumb.' How does the writer create mystery and ...

    Throughout both stories when tension is at its utmost, Conan Doyle employs other effective uses of language and techniques. One that I noticed he used particularly frequently when tensions were high, was alliteration. "I sprang from my bed, wrapped a shawl round me, and rushed into the corridor."

  1. An analysis of 'The Lost World' by Arthur Conan Doyle

    The romance that was the catalyst for Malone's adventure is found to be worthless, proving that it is better to rely on your friends than on women, who are notoriously fickle.

  2. Exploring the reasons behind Sherlock Holmes enduring popularity

    clear; this also helps give the reader a sense of security, they want to read something steady with no surprises and they are reading for entertainment and don't want anything to change so there are no drastic changes in the structures of the stories.

  1. What are the Key elements of the early crime fiction genre as exemplified by ...

    the Stoner women get married and as soon as Helen's sister gets engaged she is killed. "The total income, which at the time of the wife's death was little short of �1100, is now through fall of agricultural prices not more that �750.

  2. Compare the techniques used to create mystery and suspense by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ...

    He repeats the description of the ravine to be dark, quiet and damp "ahead was deepness, moistness, fireflies and dark" (page 1). I think he repeats this to make ravine sound forbidding and a popular place for the Lonely One to visit, as that's where the murdered body of "Elisa Ramsell" was found.

  1. Look carefully at 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Five Orange Pips.' How does the ...

    him, "he shut himself up in the house, and seldom came out save to indulge in ferocious quarrels with whoever might cross his path." Johns Uncle Elias is the bad character in 'The Five Orange Pips' also when John is describing him we know he is the bad character, "He

  2. Following a careful study of a range of Victorian Short Stories, discuss the ways ...

    force, because the police are willing to cover up this mistake to save them from their own embarrassment. Regardless of the eventual discovery and explanation to the case, Sherlock Holmes has not fulfilled his original plans to solve the case.

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