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What Makes A Good Detective

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What Makes A Good Detective


For my coursework question I am going to use three stories that we
have read in class, which are: The Purloined Letter, The Black
Brotherhood, and The One Hundred Thousand Dollar Robbery.

I am going to talk about the characteristics of the three detectives
in these stories to find out what makes a good detective.

All of the detectives in these three stories seem to have some typical
characteristics in common, such as Dupin in The Purloined Letter, he
is quite relaxed and quiet and has a good understanding of what he is
doing, which are the same characteristics that Dick Donovan has. The
detective in the Purloined Letter shares some of these characteristics
the same as Donovan and Joe. Dupin is a good thinker and uses his
common sense, which is generally needed to be a detective.

In the Black brotherhood, Dick Donovan is smug and is a thinker; you
know more about his thought processes than his physical appearance "I
know you you're a detective" this shows that people can ...

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detective character. A past reader would respond to Donovan as being a
clever 7and funny man a really interesting character as he's different
from other people. Detective stories were so popular at the time they
were written because this was a time of great change and, not many
people could afford to buy books, so these stories were first
published in the style of a leaflet with pictures. Many people would
read these stories as this was a new form of entertainment and nothing
like it, had been created before.

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