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Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Unlikely Hero Himself

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Christopher Reeve once said “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” When one thinks of a hero, they picture people with capes and fantastical weapons saving people from the evil masterminds trying to take over our planet. Incongruous to the stereotypical hero, Sherlock Holmes is an ordinary individual, but subtle and witty in his crime solving. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories: “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”, “The Sign of Four”, and “The Case of the Dancing Men”, Holmes proves himself to be a hero because of his extraordinary deduction ability, his courageousness and his ability to save lives.
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It might be SEVER or… but the most probable of these words was NEVER.” (36) Deciphering codes seems almost effortless to Holmes, very logical and clear. These extraordinary deductive abilities make Holmes a true hero in crime solving.
Besides being excellent at deductions, Holmes is also a very courageous hero who is ready to step into dangerous situations. If he senses that something is about to go wrong, he will make sure to get to the location of the possible disaster as soon as possible. After Helen Stoner explains her situation and why she might be in danger, Holmes and Watson go to her stepfather’s mansion as soon as he can to avoid any unnecessary deaths. Holmes explains his mission: “This is a very deep business. There are a thousand details which I should desire to know… Yet we have not a moment to lose. If we were to come to Stoke Moran today, would it be possible for us to see over these rooms without knowledge of your stepfather?” (9). Holmes knows that Helen’s stepfather is a dangerous man, so he needs to be cautious, while leaping right into a situation that could possibly get very dangerous. Additionally, Holmes shows his courageousness in “The Dancing Men”. Knowing that there is an armed murderer at the Cubitt’s manor and Mr. Cubitt has already been killed, Holmes goes to the manor anyway to solve the case and make sure that nobody else dies. For instance after the attendant informs Holmes of Cubitt’s death, Watson narrates: “At once Holmes hurried to a carriage … He was very worried” (30). Evidently Holmes knows the situation is dangerous, however, he realizes that the situation is now more urgent and he must get to the Cubitt manor...

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