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  1. Judith PughMarking Tutor: Mark Brown To what extent are writers also detectives in the novels you have studied?

    This sub-genre deals with the more detailed elements of police detection, in comparison to that of the private eye. The extent to which writers are also detectives in these three texts varies greatly. The fact that they are all very different in terms of the sub-genres of detective or crime fiction makes direct comparison difficult. Therefore this essay concentrates on each in turn, drawing together the main arguments in the conclusion. I have tried to give equal attention to each text, but the fact that each story in Paul Auster's New York Trilogy can stand alone as an individual piece of writing has made this difficult. In New York Trilogy, the distinction between writer and detective is particularly indistinct.

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  2. How does Holmes use his extraordinary powers of observation to solve the mystery of the day?

    He created Holmes to substitute the poor work in the police force and satisfy the anxiety that was affecting the public. He did this so that the people who lived in fear of the uncaught murderers like Jack the Ripper would have a person to look up to. It created hope and faith for them as they believed that there could actually be someone like Sherlock Holmes. Another reason that Conan Doyle did not put any murders in his stories could be that a murder would take much more investigation- even for Sherlock Holmes.

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  3. This shot show's Doyle in an open space leaving him very vulnerable as he walks past windows of the building revealing young children watching on, adding to the sense of vulnerability that "Popeye" would be feeling.

    We then see a match on action cut when Doyle rolls to the cover of the tree, we now assume that the shot was meant for him. As Doyle takes aim at the sniper the intensity of the scene if heightened with a sequence of rapid and violent cuts between Doyle and the sniper, or good and evil with intercut shots of the public reacting to the terror. We're then invited to view things from Doyle's point of view as he looks for the sniper, then a quite cut to his face when 'bang' he is shot at, before we cut to the sniper who is nothing but a silhouette and at this stage unidentified.

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  4. In each era, the multimedia's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are reflections of that particular society's boundaries of acceptance.

    In 1899, during the turn of the century, William Gillette brought the character of Sherlock Holmes to America and adapted his play for American audiences by marrying the misogynistic sleuth and downplaying the relationship between Holmes and Watson. These major adaptations to Conan Doyle's creation were made to entice the audiences by adding more drama to the character. The play was enthusiastically and well received in America and set the trend for Sherlock Holmes pastiches and theatrical adaptations. During Gillette's time, there were still large remnants of romanticism in entertainment to help the public escape from their own dull, arduous lives.

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  5. Both Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band havesimilar features. Compare and contrast the presentation of the centralcharacters in the two stories. Consider how far the detectives and thevillains are 'typical' of the genre and how read...

    This story of his has been changed, it does not follow the usual trend of the Murder Mystery. Roald Dahl has taken everything and turned it upside down, he has sub-verted the story, which now does not follow the lines of the murder mystery. The murderer turns out to be a female and the victim a police detective; also the detectives are not clever enough to solve the case and the criminal gets away with the murder. I shall be looking into characters, the detectives, and the villains to see whether they are typical of the genre or not and how readers might respond to them.

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  6. Mr. Sherlock Holmes

    "Why so?" "Because has been so knocked and worn down, that it seems fairly clkear that he has done a great deal of walking. "Perfectly sound!" said Holmes. " Then there is the C.C.H., I would say that this was some kind of hunt whose members the Doctor had helped medically, hence their gift" "Really, Watson, you excel yourself," said Holmes, pushing back his chair and lighting a cigarette. " I would say that everything you have said proves that you underestimate yourself, you really stimulate genius.

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  7. The Woman In White and the birth of the detective novel.

    In the Eighteen-Sixties, Hampstead Heath was a large public green on the northern perimeter of the neighbourhood of Hampstead and was notorious for the presence of highwaymen. So it is a suitable place to set dangerous encounters in fiction. A notorious place indeed, as Walter seems to be already on his guard, for, when he feels the touch of a hand on his shoulder, he immediately turns "with [his] fingers tightening round the handle of [his] stick" (47). Autonomy in local affairs could no longer proceed for, contrary to small towns where each individual lived under the public eye, in a large town he could live, if he chose to, in absolute obscurity.

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  8. Jack The Ripper - Source related study.

    the chest' and 'The left hand, lying on the ground, was partially closed, and contained a small packet of cachous [breath fresheners] wrapped in tissue paper'. This might have been an attempt of depicting some sort of image but to which no one has actually identified. It also shows that the Ripper adjusted his murders to his own accord and decapitated his victims with great precision which shows his great attention to detail. It also says that 'In the neck there was a long incision which commenced on the left side, two and a half inches below the angle of

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  9. The Real Final Problem.

    "Hi, Dr. Doyle, nice to see you again." said Christie. "Do you still remember the plots that I sold you last time? I know it was a great success; it is on the top 5 sales rank in the bookstores for weeks after it being published. Are you satisfied with the plots?" "Yes, but what do you want? I have already paid you 100 pounds for each plot!" said Doyle, and with a bad presage about what is going to happen.

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