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Analyse The Stories Of Sherlock Holmes In Terms Of Their Narrative

753 words - 3 pages

Analyse the stories of Sherlock Holmes in terms of their narrative
structure and the way they follow a set pattern.

All of the Holmes stories follow a set pattern and have a similar
narrative structure. These can be categorized for example Holmes being
upset for a client would go in the category of emotions and secrets.

The beginning of Sherlock Holmes stories is usually set at 221b Baker
Street, which is Holmes residence. This is because his clients report
a crime to him at his house. The client is more often than not female,
as at the time of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle females were seen to be more
vulnerable than males, this is less true today. If there is no work
Holmes will occupy himself by performing scientific experiments or
writing notes "As I have preserved very full notes of all these
cases." Throughout the beginning of the story Dr Watson, ensures a
relationship of trust between him and the reader, everything he says
is believable and this increases the mystery and suspense. An example
of this is: "My practice had steadily increased, and as I happened to
live at no very great distance from Paddington Station, I got a few
patients from among the officials."

Frequently in the vast majority of the stories Holmes shows his
aptitude in a number of ways. For one he can give out a wealth of
information just by viewing the state of their dress. An example can
be seen in The Blue Carbuncle where by looking at a hat he notices
that the owner is enduring marital problems, as his hat has not been
brushed for a long period of time. He also noticed the person's hair
colour and when the hair was last cut. Holmes then asks Watson to view
the hat but he notices nothing, this is to make Holmes look more
knowledgeable. These minor details can be seen throughout the Holmes
novels, adventures and memoirs.

During the clients absence Holmes has the time to research information
relevant to the case. He does this at the scene of the crime, at local
libraries or by asking local residents questions. At the scene of the
crime he finds clues, which may help him solve the crime. He has found
paw prints in The Sign Of Four, dog leads & milk used to train a snake
A Speckled Band and footprints of a wooden legged man in The Sign Of
Four. At the local library Holmes can do research from clues he finds
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