Holmes presents us with a world view that is imminently sane, secure

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Holmes presents us with a world view that is imminently sane, secure

and predictable - the very antithesis of what Doyle found in his own

life and what we often find in ours.

Sherlock Holmes Coursework (rough draft)

Q. What writing techniques that Sherlock Holmes utilized made his

stories so popular in the 1890s

What I can tell you about his style is that Conan Doyle writes in a

very baroque style, that I had some difficulty following, but when

analyzed I can tell you everything you need to know about what he used

to make his writing distinct at that time

Holmes presents us with a world view that is imminently sane, secure

and predictable - the very antithesis of what Doyle found in his own

life and what we often find in ours

His deductions are drawn from what seems to us as obvious, but we

could never dream of ever attaining such high powers of observation

What Conan doyle does to differenciate himself from other authors is

a method which I noticed in almost every single mystery of his that I

have read. Instead of praising his character within the story by just

commending him on merely one heroic action which he had previously

done and then maintaining this by simply making the people around him

seem stupid to accomplish superiority in one character, which is what

most mystery authors do, Conan Doyle takes the good way out by using

his own mind to maintain the mastermind creation of Sherlock Holmes's

clever analysis and without just deducting intelligence from all the

character surrounding him.

You become immersed in a world of dimly lit gas lamps, shadowy

motives and events, and the quest for understanding. Conan Doyle's

strength is perhaps in his participation in the Victorian (and Modern)

desire for answers in the face of increasing doubt and confusion. He

shows that answers to mysteries are never quite solvable by reason and

rationality. Rather, the key to solving a mystery is by inevitably

stumbling upon the solution, and then making it look as if one arrived

at it through orderly reasoning

Holmes's adventures are to me fascinating; revealing as they do the

dark underbelly of Victorian society and many of them would create

lurid headlines were they to actually occur today, even Holmes himself

is not free from scandal when he is revealed by Watson to be of all

things, a cocaine addict in "A Scandal in Bohemia".

From his battle of the sexes with the resourceful adventuress Miss

Irene Adler in, A Scandal in Bohemia, to his foiling of the criminal

intentions of the "fourth smartest man in London" in the truly bizarre

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