This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

"Similarities And Differences Among Detectives, As Portrayed In The Hound Of Baskervilles And The Speaker Of Mandarin "

1132 words - 5 pages

This essays looks at how "The Hound of Baskervilles" and "The speaker of Mandarin" display that all detectives of crime share similar characteristics in both deduction and their attitude towards life.People that posses a high degree of intellect and focus on solving the quandaries and puzzles of life, often display common characteristics. Especially those that specialize in solving crime display this parallel. The portrayals of two great detectives of fiction - Sherlock Holmes, in The Hounds of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Inspector Wexford, in The Speaker of Mandarin by Ruth Rendell employ these characteristic traits. Firstly both Holmes and Wexford display enthusiasm. Secondly, both detectives display guile and recognize the situations that demand tact, and those that demand bluntness. While detectives of crime display similarities, they also display differences that enhance their individuality and uniqueness. In the case of Holmes and Wexford, while Holmes requires few comforts, Wexford displays extreme fastidiousness, and at times lets this quality impede his work.People of high astuteness often display a high degree of enthusiasm. Both Sherlock Holmes, and Inspector Wexford display such enthusiasm. Holmes's enthusiasm, resides in a myriad of aspects of his work. He gets amusement in astonishing his close friend Watson with his deductive abilities. Often, Holmes's "grey eyes danc[e] with amusement as they fall upon [Watson's] astonished features" (Doyle 106). He also displays this enthusiasm upon exposing the quandaries of his case - "Holmes leaned forward with excitement, and his eyes had the hard, dry glitter which shot from them when he was keenly interested" (Doyle 106). Holmes's enthusiasm during such moments of revelation often manifested itself in the form of body language - "Sherlock Holmes struck his hand against his knee with an impatient gesture" (Doyle 20). He also dramatizes moments of judgment for his conjectures. "Don't move, I beg of you Watson...Now is the dramatic moment of fate, Watson"(Doyle 6-7). In fact, Holmes's pervasive passion drives him towards solving mysteries. Wexford on the other hand, largely vests his enthusiasm onto things such as nature, sightseeing, and exploration. While sightseeing in China, Wexford realises that he did not "[visit] the university while there...he would certainly regret it, he would be sorry" (Rendell 20). The reactions that the sublime characteristics of nature bring forth from Wexford also portray his enthusiasm. "When he crossed his room and looked out of the window, the view was enough to dispel any speculations about man-mad things" (Rendell 50). Therefore, people who solve crimes often possess a sense of enthusiasm, as in the case of Sherlock Holmes and Inspector Wexford; but at the same time, the issues onto which they vest this enthusiasm varies, as in the case of Sherlock Holmes who displays enthusiasm towards his work, and Inspector Wexford who displays enthusiasm...

Find Another Essay On "Similarities and differences among detectives, as portrayed in The Hound of Baskervilles and The Speaker of Mandarin "

Hound Of The Baskervilles Essay

606 words - 2 pages SUMMARY Entering the office and showing Holmes and Watson an 18th century manuscript, Dr. James Mortimer tells the myth of Hugo Baskerville. Hugo captured and imprisoned a young country girl at his estate in Devonshire. He then became the victim of a hound of hell as he chased her along the lonesome moors late one night. Ever since that day, James Mortimer reports, the Baskerville family has been haunted by a mysterious and supernatural black

Atmosphere in The Hound of the Baskervilles

1293 words - 5 pages The Hound of the Baskervilles How does Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle develop and maintain an eerie atmosphere throughout his novel The Hound of the Baskervilles? Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle’s novel, the Hound of the Baskervilles, was originally published as a novel in 1902. This was an age when many people were interested in historical matters to do with things like ancient documents and there ancestors. Many of the popular books were in the

The Hound of the Baskervilles

1481 words - 6 pages survival of his family, but what made the hound so terrifying ended up being false, just like Doyle’s dreams for a prosperous family. As a rich, privileged white man, Doyle had a very negative connotation towards the “lower” classes of Europe, and this was clearly expressed in the Hound of the Baskervilles. To start, he looked down on poorer people. In the story, he portrayed people that were poorer than Sherlock and Holmes as weak and

the hound of the baskervilles

1048 words - 5 pages Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writing style in “The Hound of the Baskervilles” utilizes trends from opposite ends of the Victorian Era. Doyle is well known as a late Victorian author and yet he has characteristics in his writing style of the early Victorian era. The literature in the Victorian era had a variety of commonalities focusing on behavior of a man and how views changed over the era. The drive for social advancement, what it is to be an

Compare and Contrast the UC and the LC in “The Hound of the Baskervilles”

973 words - 4 pages “The Hound of the Baskervilles” demonstrated the differences between the upper class and the lower class and even between those people who were in the same class as each others at the end of the 19th century in England. Beside those differences, there were also some similarities between the two classes. In this essay, I will analyse how they are alike and different in some main aspects such as the belief in the curse, the relationship to the

The Hound of the Baskervilles

1294 words - 5 pages The Hound of the Baskervilles At the start of the story the setting is described through the legend of Sir Hugo Baskerville. Sir Hugo is described in the legend as a “wild, profane and godless man” This suggests that his inhumanity and “evil” make him a potentially viable enemy who will stop at nothing. It is Sir Hugo that sets the tone for the setting. Sir Hugo uses his power and Baskerville Hall as a prison for the young girl. She

Hound of the Baskervilles Analysis

806 words - 4 pages In Hound of the Baskervilles written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and Watson have a special type of relationship.In the beginning the reader is shown that Dr.Watson is a foil to Sherlock Holmes.The meaning of “Foil”s a character who contrasts with another character (usually the protagonist) in order to highlight particular qualities of the other character.In the book the reader see’s 3 thing that are always memorable.Watson is

Solving the Mystery in Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles

650 words - 3 pages Solving the Mystery in Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes deduced what was really going on by noting the failure of a dog to bark - thus identifying his master and therefore the murderer in The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle. Deductive reasoning involves reasoning in which you go from general to specific instances, by using known facts and eliminating improbable situations, and unlikely

Sherlock Holmes' The Hound of the Baskervilles

2874 words - 11 pages about the new detectives satisfied the general public's curiosity about the police force and the Holmes series began its popular era. Now a days though we are much more familiar with detectives and how they work because of television, radio etc. but a story like The Hound of the Baskervilles still appeals to us. As well as the book being part of the ever popular crime fiction genre it also has many other aspects

Examining the Timeless Mystery Novels The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Mystery of Edwin Drood

2270 words - 9 pages historical context greatly influence the mystery. The characters grow and interesting transformations occur as a result of the conflicts born from the mysteries. This is evident as the protagonists take on unusual roles as detectives to assist in resolving the mystery. In The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes begins by perceiving the mystery of the ghostly hound as a child would take a light-hearted fairytale. However, as the case becomes

The Hound of the Baskervilles Watson and Holmes: Emotional and Logical

928 words - 4 pages out the irrelevant. Holmes is analytical and compromising investigation versus Watson's romantic and descriptive mind, and Holmes is very thorough and precise in comparison to Watson's carelessness. Although these two characters are best described as opposites, when they work together, their success is uncanny.Holmes' analytical and objective mind is by far one of the most distinct of Holmes' qualities. Unlike other detectives, things as trivial as

Similar Essays

The Common Element Notice In Agamemnon, Hamlet And John F. Kennedy’s Secret Society Speech.Compare The Similarities And Differences Among The Thre

737 words - 3 pages Introduction. Topic. The common element notice in Agamemnon, Hamlet and John F. Kennedy’s Secret Society Speech.Compare the similarities and differences among the three texts. Thesis statement. The normal component in Agamemnon ,Hamlet and John F.kennedy's Secret Society Speech is Hamartia.Hamartia is characterized as a misstep or failure in judgment.The similitudes is that they all made a blunder in their judgment which bring about their

The Setting In Hound Of The Baskervilles And The Signalman

1507 words - 6 pages Baskervilles', setting does not appear to be very important to Conan Doyle at certain points in the novel. This is because Conan Doyle concentrates on getting the plot across to the reader like in chapters one and two. Conan Doyle uses Dartmoor to his advantage when creating setting and atmosphere in 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' by describing Dartmoor to the reader as if it was a supernatural world of mystery "like some

Hound Of The Baskervilles Essay

816 words - 4 pages Baskervilles. They were detailed portraits of the Baskerville men. With all the men sharing similar appearances, they figured out right away who also shared these similarities. This piece of evidence was enough to solve the entirety of the murder and why the Baskerville curse had such a huge part in the investigation. In chapter 13, Holmes explains how Stapleton is in fact the mastermind behind all the murder and deceit. ""Yes, it is an interesting

Hound Of The Baskervilles Essay

797 words - 4 pages Henry's neck. When I first saw this I believed that Sir Henry had been killed. I was extremely disappointed and thought that it ruined the story. But, even though, in the end he did not die, I did not like it because Stapleton still partly got his way and Sir Henry was injured. In the book it described Mrs. Barrymore as a large, impassive, and heavy-featured woman with a stern set expression of mouth. ( Doyle, Page 65) The character who played