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Victims And Villains In The Speckled Band, The Cardboard Box, And The Red Headed League

2234 words - 9 pages

Having read a range of detective stories by Conan Doyle, compare the
presentations of victims and villains in The Speckled Band and two
other stories.

In this essay, I am going to look at how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has
written the Sherlock Holmes stories, looking at the victims, villains,
Holmes and his dear friend Watson. The Sherlock Holmes, stories are
written in the detective genre, all of the stories that I have looked
at to compile this essay, have a crime, victims, and villains. It also
shows this as there is always a crime that Sherlock Holmes solves, by
his intelligence. The intended audience of the stories, I think is for
adults, even though there maybe some younger readers, but they may not
understand the story line. There are lots of stories within the
collection of Sherlock Holmes. These include The Speckled Band, The
Cardboard Box, and The Red Headed League. Other stories within the
collection are, ‘The Man With The Twisted Lip’, this story, is set in
the East of London. The crime to be solved is a disappearance of
Neville St Claire, the villain if Hugh Boone, this is actually Neville
disguised, as he faked his own death. Another of the stories within
the collection is, ‘Silver Blaze’, the crime in this story, is that of
a race horse that has been stolen and also the murder of the horses’
trainer. The story line is of, a horse race in which one of the people
competing murders another of the competitors so they can have an edge
in the race.

Our expectations of the victims in the stories of Sherlock Holmes, are
that the victims, are quiet rich, posh and vulnerable, and they are
expected to easily get attacked by the villain or villains in the
story. We also expect the victims to be adult, in the stories there
are not any victims that are children. The body language of the
victims in most of the stories is that they will be in shock, and they
may well be afraid. This affects the body language, as they will
become very protective, as they will become more aware of what is
happening around them. The gender of most victims in the stories is
female, as they are more vulnerable, as they are less likely to
resist.

Our expectations of the villains in the stories of Sherlock Holmes are
that the villains are generally male. Also the manners of the villains
are likely to be, calculating, so that they know what they are doing
and where. They are mostly actors, so that they can get people to
think that they are someone different, so that they can get them to do
things. But sometimes they are likely to get ahead of themselves. The
villains usually look rich and they sometimes have scars from where
they have been attacked by their victims. Their body language is
usually threatening, and jumping to conclusions. Plus some of them may
carry a weapon.

A more modern example of a stereotype victim and villain is Ian
Huntley and the Soham murders. Huntley lied to the police about the
murders, and he...

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