In the story “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” the author Conan Doyle portrays many different narrative techniques. He uses these techniques to provide meaning for the audience as well as help them visualize the situation that was being described. The different techniques used are narrative discourse, suspense, conflict, close, and focalization in his story. Narrative discourses are events, to describe a series of events that are contingent one on another. Typically focuses on one or more performers of actions. Personal experience can influence narrative discourse due to the explaining of significant events in the life of the narrator. Narrative discourse is made up of setting, developing conflict, climax, final suspense, and conclusion. The narrative discourse is being portrait in the story by Sherlock trying to find the mystery. Helen Stoner goes to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for help, on figuring out the mystery of her sister’s death. It all begins with the renovation that was done to the bedroom. Holmes arrived to Dr. Grimesby Roylott’s home in order to investigate the noise that his daughter seemed to be hearing from the bedroom that the sister was killed in. Holmes describes the room “very strange” he found the ventilator open into another room as well as the bell-rope. The ventilator was the small opening between two rooms as well as the bed was fastened to the floor. “A ventilator is made, a cord is hung, and a lady who sleeps in the bed dies.” Was said ironically for the fact that Dr. Roylott was the one who killed the first daughter. Dr. Roylott asked his second daughter to move into her dead sister’s room, she also heard the whistle that Julia heard before sh...
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...een male and female characters that are not of comparable status and role. The event is focalized from Dr Watson’s perspective. Helen is client and wants to know the mystery of her sisters death; Holmes is self-assured.
I think that this is a good story due to the author Conan Doyle covering all the elements of narrative. He covered the setting, character, plot, conflict and theme sections of a story that are considered the backbone. He kept the audience attached to the story with the suspense and the conflict that was occurring. Mitch Ditkoff, the author of “How to Tell a Good Story” stated that it is important for most authors to allow the readers to connect with the story that they are reading. In this case Doyle engaged the audience just by the story that was being told. A story like this is relevant today for the individuals whom like to read such stories.
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