An Unusual Relationship
Holmes and Watson’s relationship is unusual to say the least. In “A Scandal in Bohemia” by Conan Doyle (1888), their close and symbiotic nature makes the reader think that there is a deeper meaning to it. Both men have a set role in their relationship that can be easily seen. Watson will always be seen as submissive or inferior to the dominant nature of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes throughout the story tries to put Watson down by making comments as well as gestures to make him feel better about himself and/or to distract others from his short comings. The author uses Holmes and Watson’s symbiotic relationship as a way to convey to the reader Holmes’ veneer of an emotionless personality.
Some might argue that close friends are made to compliment us or to make up for qualities that we might lack. Holmes states in the story, “I am lost without my Boswell.” (5) Here, the reader can clearly see the importance with which Holmes sees his relationship with Watson. Some might argue that he does not show his emotions all too well, but in this line the reader can see Holmes’ close feelings for Watson. In contrast, Watson would probably be fine without seeing Holmes entirely. “I had seen little of Holmes lately. My marriage had drifted us away from each other. My own complete happiness, and the home-centered interests which rise up around the man who first finds himself master of his own establishment, were sufficient to absorb all my attention, while Holmes, who loathed every form of society with his while Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in Baker Street…”(3) Here, it can clearly be seen that Watson has done well without Holmes, even speaking of his happiness. Holmes, however, is in a state of wandering or trying to find his place in the world. He is described as having a ‘bohemian soul’ which might suggest to the reader his state of...