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Structure, Language And Characterisation Of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes

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The structure language and characterisation of Conan Doyle's Sherlock

In this essay I am going to analysis and investigate the structure,
language and characterisation of the detective fiction genre. Using
the Sherlock Holmes stories; which combined strong fictional story
lines with ruthless and clever villains; they are regarded as some of
the best collection of examples of storybooks. Sherlock Holmes is a
literary character, created by Arthur Conan Doyle in four novels and
56 short stories published between 1887 and 1927.

The pioneering author of the detective genre was an American writer
and poet called Edgar Allan Poe. The first ever story was "Murders in
The Rue Morge". This was the first to feature the locked room mystery,
which is a critical an inspiring element for the detective genre. It
baffles the police and the public but is effortlessly solved with
simplicity by the stories hero. Who is intelligent and analytical
superior to the law enforcements? This is an additional common
tradition in the genre; were the police seem to be deficient in
perfection acuteness in Neanderthal ways.

Conan Doyle started writing in 1887 with his first story "A Study in
Scarlet"; the story introduces Holmes and his companion Dr.Waston. A
great majority of these stories involve mystery. The heart of the
story concerns the search for clues or evidence.

While there is certainly a good variety of plot structures within the
Sherlock Holmes), it is safe to say that a majority of the short
stories follow the following pattern of motifs fairly closely. Many of
these are also found in Poe's Dupin stories.

The story begins at 221B Baker Street, the residence of the great
detective and his sidekick narrator, Dr. John Watson ""My dear fellow"
said Holmes, as we sat either side of the fire in his lodgings at
Baker Street". Holmes astounds Watson ,with some amazing act of
deduction or clear thinking that seems almost like magic. Soon, there
is a knock on the door or the message of a visiting soon to be client
with a problem, or a letter or telegram arrives pleading for help, or
a newspaper article that Holmes or Watson is reading prompts Holmes to
go and investigate. ""A fire?" "No it seems there is a young lady in
quite a state". Shortly thereafter, "The Game is Afoot!" as Holmes
say. Holmes and Watson travel to the scene of the crime, either by
walking or -- more usually -- via hansom cab if the crime is in
London, or by train if it is out "in the country" somewhere. "At
Waterloo we were at fortune to catch the train to Leatherhead". Holmes
investigates the clues in his incomparable and scientific fashion.
like Watson we are there to observe the findings, but we do not add
things up like the great detective does. Others often use disguise,
especially by Holmes, but occasionally. "I shall dress in disguised
garments".. The "official police" are not a match for Holmes. The case
is solved, often with a...

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