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

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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.

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