What Makes A Good Detective

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What Makes A Good Detective Introduction For my coursework question I am going to use three stories that we have read in class, which are: The Purloined Letter, The Black Brotherhood, and The One Hundred Thousand Dollar Robbery. I am going to talk about the characteristics of the three detectives in these stories to find out what makes a good detective. All of the detectives in these three stories seem to have some typical characteristics in common, such as Dupin in The Purloined Letter, he is quite relaxed and quiet and has a good understanding of what he is doing, which are the same characteristics that Dick Donovan has. The detective in the Purloined Letter shares some of these characteristics the same as Donovan and Joe. Dupin is a good thinker and uses his common sense, which is generally needed to be a detective. In the Black brotherhood, Dick Donovan is smug and is a thinker; you know more about his thought processes than his physical appearance "I know you you're a detective" this shows that people can tell he's a detective by the way he thinks. This will have an effect on the reader as they may be able to judge what other detectives characteristics are like. Donovan is also a kind character, and is relaxed in what he does, he always thinks of the unexpected, he is open minded, and really sly. November Joe in the Hundred-Thousand-Dollar Robbery is quite quiet and assuming, November Joe is not very pushy and he doesn't say an awful lot, and we can tell he is a good detective who is well organised. November Joe is not a detective but says he's a woodsman, he isn't brash or pushy but he uses his common sense. In the Purloined Letter the detective seems a very confident man, has a good knowledge of working things out which is needed in order to be a great detective, very secretive, he is very good at solving things, he also appears to have a good sense of humour which is a good point
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