The Character of Sherlock Holmes in 'Sir Arthur' by Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the renowned author who gave birth to the
extraordinary crime detective tales of Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle
was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh and educated at Stonyhurst
College and the University of Edinburgh. From 1882 to 1890 he
practiced medicine in Southsea, England. A Study in Scarlet, the first
of 60 stories featuring Sherlock Holmes, appeared in 1887. The
characterization of Holmes, his ability of ingenious deductive
reasoning, was based on one of the author's own university professors.
Equally brilliant creations are those of Holmes's foils: his friend
Dr. Watson, the good-natured if not exhilarating narrator of the
stories, and the master criminal Professor Moriarty. Conan Doyle was
so immediately successful in his literary career that approximately
five years later he abandoned his medical practice to devote his
entire time to writing.
Some of the best known of the Holmes stories are The Sign of the Four
(1890) (one of which that I have analyzed and will be talking about in
depth further into my essay), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
(1892), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902), and His Last Bow (1917).
These tales made Conan Doyle internationally famous and served to
popularize the detective-story genre (Detective Story; Mystery Story).
A Holmes cult arose and still flourishes, notably through clubs of
devotees such as the Baker Street Irregulars. Conan Doyle's literary
versatility brought him almost equal fame for his historical romances
such as Micah Clarke (1888), The White Company (1890), Rodney Stone
(1896), and Sir Nigel (1906), and for his play A Story of Waterloo
Stories that I have been looking into of the several spectacular
Holmes narratives are firstly ‘A study in Scarlet’ (The first Sherlock
Holmes book) based in London, This is Dr. Watson's first encounter and
adventure with Sherlock Holmes, the world's most famous detective in
literature. When Dr. Watson finds himself sharing an apartment with
Sherlock Holmes, he tries to get to know his flat-mate better. In the
process of doing so, he becomes involved with Holmes in a murder case
that took place in a deserted house with and incentive of revenge.
Another story that I chose to analyze was ‘The sign of the four,’
which followed after the ‘A study in Scarlet’ and is most amusing as
Miss Morstan receives pearls beyond price and a mysterious message
from an anonymous source; she then goes to the famous consulting
detective of 221B Baker St., Mr. Sherlock Holmes for advice in how to
answer the message. Together with his staunch comrade, Dr. John
Watson, Holmes tracks down the secret of the Sign of Four.
It is no surprise that the sequels of Sherlock Holmes are etched most
vividly in the dates...