The best novels or stories leave the reader with satisfaction and a feeling of being content, they leave the reader in a state where he/she doesn’t have to go back to the book or question how it ends. This is the satisfaction that every reader searches for when they are reading a book, a satisfaction that is in many cases, only available in books and stories. One story that portrays this satisfaction is “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” written by Arthur Conan Doyle. This is a murder mystery story that features Sherlock Holmes, it involves a woman (Helen Stoner) whose sister died mysteriously. Helen started experiencing some of the same things her sister experienced before she died, making the woman paranoid and nervous. Seeking help; the woman goes to Holmes, Holmes decides to investigate further with his partner Watson, going to the Helen’s home, where she is experiencing the strange things. Holmes and Watson wait in a dark room, then Holmes lashes out at something in the dark, there is a scream in the next room over. Holmes and Watson go to investigate they find the stepfather of Helen dead with a snake wrapped around his head, hence the name, the speckled band. The story wraps up with Holmes explaining exactly how the father used the snake to kill the Helen’s sister and how he was trying to do it again. This story is clearly satisfying because how it ends, it explains all of the concepts in the story, it eliminates the main antagonist, and it ties up all of the loose ends.
Once the stepfather dies from being bitten by the snake, Holmes and Watson discuss how this killer performed his murders. Holmes explains to Watson how the stepfather got away with the murders, without the father being a suspect of the ...
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...ople could disagree with the concept proposed in this essay of a satisfying plot, but in respect to the story, it has an ending that leaves the reader feeling fulfilled. Every person has a different opinion on if a story is satisfying to them, but there is an underlying format that many writers follow to round their story and tie it up; this format was used in this story. The author left the reader thinking in the end, but not questioning, which is a form of satisfaction that is important for the reader to have. “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” is a great- if not perfect- example of a book with a completely satisfying plot and conclusion due to many different details covered in the story. Overall, this story was satisfying in many ways because the author worked to make sure that the reader could not have any questions or disappointments upon the end of the story.
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