Comparison Of Sherlock Holmes And Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Eric Farnand
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ENG 104 – 011
Professor Maria Ionita
November 27, 2015

Sherlock Holmes, one of the most famous fictional characters in literary history is a detective capable of solving the most complex mysteries. The author behind the character, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a very successful British writer. The majority of his literary success is due to his crime-fiction tales such as the Sherlock Holmes series. However, Mr. Doyle and Mr. Holmes himself must not take all the credit because there is another character that plays a major role in the stories success. He goes by the name of Dr. Watson, Holmes’ sidekick. The importance of Dr. Watson is evident in many of Doyle’s stories such as A Scandal in Bohemia and A Study in Scarlett.
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The key phrase in this passage that sums up the relationship between the two is “I am lost without my Boswell.” (Conan Doyle) “Boswell” relates to James Boswell, companion and author of Dr. Samuel Johnson’s biography. Watson relates to Boswell in the sense that the Sherlock Holmes stories are told through Watson’s point of view, as Boswell writes about Dr. Johnson. Watson is proven to be very useful tool to Holmes, because while Watson proven useful, it is often Holmes that ties all the knots together. The two are a working match and cannot function to their best without each other.
When introducing Watson to the new client, Count Von Kramm, Holmes admits of Watson’s usefulness stating: “This is my friend and colleague, Dr. Watson, who is occasionally good enough to help me in my case.” (Conan Doyle)
Watson is given credit for helping; however Holmes diminishes Watson’s power by mention of his helpfulness only on “occasions”. Watson feeling some discomfort by the comment rises to leave, “I rose to go, but Holmes caught me by the wrist and pushed me back into my chair.” “It is both, or none,” said he. “You may say before this gentleman anything which you may say to me.” (Conan
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In height he was rather over six feet, and so excessively lean that he seemed to be considerably taller. His eyes were sharp and piercing, save during those intervals of torpor to which I have alluded; and his thin, hawk-like nose gave his whole expression an air of alertness and decision. His chin, too, had the prominence and squareness which mark the man of determination. His hands were invariably blotted with ink and stained with chemicals, yet he was possessed of extraordinary delicacy of touch [...]” (Conan Doyle)
The words Watson uses to describe Holmes such as “sharp and piercing” eyes, “hawk-like nose” and “mark the man of determination”. By having Watson describe such characteristics, it saves Holmes of looking like a show off with an ego. These haracteristics are true and surely the detective knows of his abilities but by having Watson aknowledge them brings more to the story because the comments were made based on observations and not by the individual trying to boost his ego.
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