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Influence Of Sherlock Holmes Essay

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Sherlock Holmes, a name most people would know if they were to hear it, has come to greatly influence the modern world of mysteries. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had no idea a character he started to write about for the first time in 1887 would still be carried alive by other TV and movie producers in 2014. Doyle also never new that Holmes would become such a popular character or result in a name mostly everybody would know. Even if there was a person who did not know who or what Sherlock Holmes was, they are certain to have at least heard his name before. “Doyle turned his principal character into a household word” (Haining 7). Doyle started a legacy that lives on forever. Sherlock Holmes ...view middle of the document...

After stating everything he just deducted about Watson Holmes said, “The whole train of thought did not occupy a second” (Doyle 18). Sometimes when Sherlock Holmes would get a letter written to him he would base his opinion on them by their handwriting from a letter they wrote to him. He specifically based his opinion on their j’s and w’s (Haining 58). Holmes was talking to Watson about how he deducts information and he said “It is easier to know it, than to explain why I know it” (Doyle 21).
If a crime happened today, law enforcement officials would have lots of ways of investigating it. They could look for fingerprints, or samples of DNA, which they could compare with their records to see whether or not the criminal had been arrested before. Officials could see whether there were any security cameras in the area that were pointed in the right direction and might have captured a picture of the criminal. Today they have lots of ways of solving a crime, many of which depend on recently invented scientific techniques. Back when Sherlock Holmes was “alive” most crime scenes involve a team of law enforcement officials and occasionally some detectives and on average they will take hours to solve what happened at the scene of the crime. When Sherlock Holmes went to a crime scene it would not take him longer than an hour from when he walked up to the scene of the crime for the first time until he would be able to tell the law enforcement officials that he had figured out everything that happened during the crime. What Holmes was very good at was looking at small, almost insignificant bits of evidence and using them to draw conclusions. Holmes once said he could’ve identified an unknown prisoner in 24 hours and the Lecoq took six months (Doyle 19). A policeman might just see a worn piece of carpet in a hall; Holmes might see a place where a hidden door had been opened. Where another private detective might see a half-eaten apple, Holmes might see in the bite marks an impression of the criminal's teeth, an impression that might help identify the criminal (Haining 29).
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle loved to build up his fictional characters, making their personalities realistic and making them seem like a familiar friend (Haining 29). Holmes can be easy to live with he is quiet, and has regular habits (Doyle 12). Do not let Holmes being easy to live with fool you. Holmes is eccentric; he can be so scientific that it is on the verge of cold-bloodedness (Doyle 4). “He is heroic but repellent, remote but indomitable, machine-like but persuasively human” (Keogh). Even though Holmes is odd he is liked by so many people. The characteristics that make him most famous are his logic, disguises and use of drugs (Memmott). Holmes was not a sociable guy. He liked to keep to himself and really only liked to communicate or hold a conversation occasionally (Doyle 4). Getting to know Holmes...

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