The course of this GCSE assignment I will be focusing my discussion of
Conan Doyle's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes' style of detective work
and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle engage readers with the text. I will also
provide evidence to support my observations of Sherlock Holmes from
the following short stories which I have studied; The Adventure of
Speckled Band and The Red-Headed League.
Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After leaving school
he went to study medicine; and it was his encounter with one of his
medical lecturers, Dr Joseph Bell, that was to have a profound
influence on the subsequent creation of the fictional detective
Sherlock Holmes. Before diagnosing his patients' illnesses, Dr Bell
would observe his patient and deduce details of their past and present
daily lives, which might prove significant. In creating Sherlock
Holmes, Conan Doyle developed this practice of observation into what
he regarded as a scientific approach to detection.
Conan Doyle's career as a doctor was not entirely a fulfilling one and
he began to fill his time by writing. It was Study in Scarlet, printed
in 1887, which gave Sherlock Holmes his introduction to the reading
The genre of detective fiction has always been a popular one. This is
because people not only enjoy trying to solve mysterious cases for
themselves but is also the challenge of probing the darker aspects of
life. As for Sherlock Holmes, his adventures are as entertaining and
fascinating today as they were to readers at the end of the last
century, for a variety of reasons.
The atmosphere, sett...
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manner. We hope that he will come to a sticky end, and he does, right
on cue. Whereas Holmes' actions in previous stories may have been
questionable, the dispatch of Roylott at the hands of his poisonous
snake is an occasion for cheers.
This is why I believe that Dr. Roylott does deserve to die as he
showed no remorse by killing her sister and then by trying to kill
Helen Stoner. Also "The Red-Headed League" offers some of the most
lighthearted moments in the series, from Holmes literally bounding
over the settee in order to retrieve his friend from the corridor, to
the final conclusion where all is resolved. His dealings with an
upper-crust gentleman of esteemed notoriety but very little common
sense are particularly fun to observe. The climax appears in a
darkened room and involves a surprisingly greedy twist.
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