Victims and Villains in The Speckled Band, The Cardboard Box, and The Red Headed League

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Having read a range of detective stories by Conan Doyle, compare the presentations of victims and villains in The Speckled Band and two other stories. In this essay, I am going to look at how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has written the Sherlock Holmes stories, looking at the victims, villains, Holmes and his dear friend Watson. The Sherlock Holmes, stories are written in the detective genre, all of the stories that I have looked at to compile this essay, have a crime, victims, and villains. It also shows this as there is always a crime that Sherlock Holmes solves, by his intelligence. The intended audience of the stories, I think is for adults, even though there maybe some younger readers, but they may not understand the story line. There are lots of stories within the collection of Sherlock Holmes. These include The Speckled Band, The Cardboard Box, and The Red Headed League. Other stories within the collection are, ‘The Man With The Twisted Lip’, this story, is set in the East of London. The crime to be solved is a disappearance of Neville St Claire, the villain if Hugh Boone, this is actually Neville disguised, as he faked his own death. Another of the stories within the collection is, ‘Silver Blaze’, the crime in this story, is that of a race horse that has been stolen and also the murder of the horses’ trainer. The story line is of, a horse race in which one of the people competing murders another of the competitors so they can have an edge in the race. Our expectations of the victims in the stories of Sherlock Holmes, are that the victims, are quiet rich, posh and vulnerable, and they are expected to easily get attacked by the villain or villains in the story. We also expect the victims to be adult,... ... middle of paper ... ...he crime solving then at least tell Sherlock Holmes what happened straight away. In conclusion all three stories follow the same pattern of being a detective story with Sherlock Holmes solving the crime and his physic Dr. Watson being there if he is needed. The presentation of victims and villains within the stories may have been like what the victims and villains were like at the time when the story was written, but nowadays the description of them in the story would not be classed as correct, this is due to the boom in technology. I prefer a quick read with more action and less description, as if you are going to put a lot of description in a short story, it can dramatically add to its length. But at the same time the characters must be detailed and the storyline must be fully developed, for the reader to be able to see what is happening in the story.

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