Holmes’ Method Of Madness Essay

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A detail is defined as an individual feature, fact, or item, in The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson have to use details to investigate the curse of the Baskervilles. Detectives Sherlock Holmes and Watson have an amazing attention to detail, however, sometimes they struggle with what is important; Holmes and Watson have to decide what is pertinent information, keep their minds on track, and be able to do both of those in order to solve the Baskerville case.

To begin, detectives need evidence to piece together a crime, but determining what is evidence and what's not is the most difficult part of solving a case. There is a method, however, ...view middle of the document...

Due to this scientific method, Holmes is able to quickly give the needed details to those around him. However, even after the decisive facts are found, there is still the chance of the investigators confusing their thoughts with different thoughts.

When one tangles too many lines of thought they tend to forget where their thought originated. One can often forget what they need to focus on if they have to make decisions, especially in Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson’s line of work. Sherlock has to separate these details he receives into thoughts, while doing so he has to keep them all separate in hopes of not tangling thoughts that turn into leads together. “… but I find that a concentrated atmosphere helps a concentration of thought.” Sherlock prefers to think in more of quiet area to focus on his thoughts and importance of them.

Due to the excessive amount of facts thrown at Holmes and Watson, they have to be able to quickly decide which facts are important and which are not. Not only do they have to worry about themselves having too much unnecessary information, they also have to worry about how much the people around them know. For example, when Holmes and Watson think they know the answer to the mystery of the hound, they create a secret plan. They use Sir Henry as bait in their plan, however, they do not tell him. They ask him to walk across the moor alone, which is contrary to every warning he had received. As a detective, their job is to assure him everything will be fine and that there will be nothing to worry about. “This time you may do it with safety. If I had not every confidence in your nerve and courage I would not suggest it, but it is essential that...

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