The stories of Sherlock Holmes are typical of the detective genre and the characters remain popular; they are also useful social, historical documents. Explain why you think this is so, referring to 3 of the stories you have read. Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19 and early 20 centuries, who first appeared in newspaper in 1887. He’s created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes is famous for his intelligent study to solve difficult crime cases. He is one of the best known and most generally recognizable characters in detective genre.
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Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories that featured Holmes, that are narrated by Holmes’ friend and biographer, Dr John Watson. Most of the stories first appeared in the magazine called ‘Strand’. The three stories that I read are ‘The Red-headed League’, ‘The Speckle band’ and ‘The final Problem’. A brief outline of the first story, ‘The Red-headed League’ Is about VS planning to rob the bank and Its not long when holmes and JW investigate and catch VS in the act.
‘The Speckled Band’ is about a stepfather, Dr Roylott, who wants to have his step daughters inheritance.
He finds out she is going to wed, but if she does, this mean he will get less money. He therefore decides to kill her and does this with a speckled band, a breed of snake. In ‘The Final Problem’, we meet Professor Moriarty who is Holmes old enemy, he is a criminal genius. Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson and P. Moriarty travel to Switzerland, and there Holmes gets pushed off a cliff and dies. The crime always takes place in a rich and middle class areas. They often use strange and curious settings in the crime places, strange objects at that time used to excite people.
All the stories open in the same way, with Dr Watson telling us the story from the beginning. We only get to Dr Watson’s view, because it’s Watson’s voice that narrates the stories. The two main characters are Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes. Dr Watson is inspired by Holmes. Watson tries to solve the crime in ‘the Red-Headed league’, He Try’s to figure out Jabez Wilson’s personality. In ‘The Empty house’ he had to solve the crime because Holmes wasn’t there because he had died in the previous story. In the majority of the stories he is portrayed as a person who shows a great passion for crime along with Holmes.
Holmes & Watson work together as a good team because Watson is inspired by what Holmes does, that’s why Watson always describes Holmes as a very nice & an intelligent person, and Holmes likes Watson because he writes everything down. Although, intellectually he can not compete and always seems to become second best; “Holmes,” I cried, “I seem to see dimly what you are hinting At. We are only just in time to prevent some subtle and horrible Crime. ” (The adventure of the speckled band) The two also differ in other ways for example, although Holmes is intellectually gifted he lacks the contacts of friends, this shows him as a loner.