Essays on Holmes

H.H. Holmes: One of America’s First Recorded Serial Killers
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Murder, mayhem, and madness are three characteristics the country's first serial killer, Herman Webster Mudgett, better known as H. H. Holmes, rooted deep inside of him. Herman Webster Mudgett not only exceeded expectations with his intelligence but also shifted the way serial killers are perceived. H. H. Holmes is deemed to be the country's first serial killer and the father of swindling and trickstering. An intellectual, who attended the University of Michigan and later moved to Chicago, changing his name…...
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The story to a romance
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The women compare the story to a romance, something that Holmes would never do. Marston is more concerned for Thaddeus' welfare than the opportunity of money. Holmes completely absorbs himself in the case, which he says is 'consuming me'. He 'busied himself all evening' an experiment. While Holmes trusts Watson, he knows that Watson can not do as good a job as himself. Watson finds it hard to doubt Holmes. Athelney Jones secretly admires Holmes, but sees him as a rival purely…...
Sherlock Holmes stories
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Sherlock Holmes also follows clues in "The Speckled Band". The first clue is that a fraction of Dr Roylott's money would go to Helen Stoner if she got married. Dr Roylott was very in need of money. He is also a very bad-tempered character so we are led to believe that he could do something terrible. Sherlock Holmes also inspected the house to find clues in Helen's room, which were the bell-rope, which wasn't connected to a wire and a…...
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Phyricc Victory
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The final aspects of the two stories that I will compare are the endings. When comparing the endings of the two stories, one can see how the two are very different, but still reflect the eras. When Holmes solves the case and completes his triumph over Grimesby-Roylott, it is a complete and satisfactory ending to the story. He manages to independently solve the case, and with it killing the Doctor. (The Doctor was sending a poisonous snake through a vent…...
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Analysation of the detective genre, Sherlock Holmes
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Learning about the stories through Watson's eyes can cause mis-understandings, for the readers, or benefit them. For example, in 'The Speckled Band', Holmes says to Watson, ''Do you see it Watson, do you see it? '', Watson replies, ''No Holmes I did not''. Insert a phrase explaining what Watson has not seen. Some of the advantages of this method would be it allows the readers to try and solve the mystery themselves, it gives readers an insight into Watson's feelings…...
Analysis of Speckled Band
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Look carefully at 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Engineer's Thumb. ' How does the writer create mystery and suspense in these stories? Explain how he uses language to create character and atmosphere. What does this tell about the conventions of the Victorian short story? The two stories that are referred to in this essay are, 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Engineer's Thumb', both are written by Arthur Conan Doyle and describe two of the many adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 'The…...
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The Final Problem
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The tension and mood is built up in simple yet effective ways. Although the reader knows from the opening paragraphs that Holmes' demise is near, it remains a shocking conclusion. Holmes asks Watson if he would be "unconventional" when it comes to his departure. Holmes wants to leave by "scrambling" over Watson's back garden wall. From these things you can sense that Holmes is not his usual self on that day. He is acting differently - full of fear and…...
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Sherlock Holmes and Tony Reseck
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The two characters whom I aim to compare are the heroes in two short stories, from the detective genre. One is Sherlock Holmes, the star of "The Speckled Band" and many other stories by Arthur Conan-Doyle. The other is Tony Reseck, a very different style of detective from Raymond Chandler's "Ill Be Waiting". These characters reflect the eras in which they were written. The reasoning behind this statement is that they were written for contemporary audiences. For this reason they will…...
Sherlock Holmes Description
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Introduction Sherlock Holmes is a well known detective, in a series of stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle. All of the stories go into great detail as to what life was like in the Nineteenth to the early twentieth century. The stories I have been studying are named 'The Speckled Band', 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' and 'The Copper Beeches'. In this essay I will be covering the four main points of the three stories that I studied. The…...
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Sherlock Holmes Opium Den
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In The Man with the Twisted Lip one of the main settings is the opium den. This is a spooky setting, in a seedy area makes a direct reference to social and historical issues at the time. It is between a gin shop, making references to the alcohol use and a slop shop which was a cheap clothes shop reflecting the poverty of the times. Slop shop is alliterated; alliteration is commonly used in prose, particularly to highlight short phrases.…...
Sherlock Holmes: Direct Speech Usage
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'The youth was hit in the middle of the back. His arms went out. The impact of the bullet carried him off guard. He reeled towards the pavement. A second bullet struck him in the back of the head.'  This example shows the brutality of the Junta. They shot a youth twice in broad daylight because he ran away from them. This example did not move the story any further with Andres it just shows the rancorousness of the Junta,…...
Sherlock Holmes
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Holmes himself is a mysterious character he speaks his mind to every person he comes in to contact with, regardless of his or her public status, Holmes himself thinks him self-superior to the law and will break it if necessary to crack a case. When he does this he gives very little thought to what consequences he may have brought upon himself. Holmes will sit up in his chair for hours on end smoking his pipe, trying to work out…...
The Red-Headed League
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In The Red-Headed League he quickly deduces the real persona of Vincent Spaulding and in The Speckled Band he is fast to decipher the clues in Dr Roylott's room. He is shown to have a vast knowledge of tattoos in The Red-Headed League; 'I have made a small study of tattoo marks'. He is shown also to have an advanced knowledge of 'turf matters' in Silver Blaze when he explains how Silas Brown intended to 'make a slight nick upon…...
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Helen and Holmes
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Holmes is really observant as he recognized that Helen had come by train and that she must have started her journey early. Also, at the crime scene, the bed was attached to the floor which Holmes left Holmes thinking. When Dr. Roylott visited Holmes and leaves trying to scare him by bending the poker, Holmes clearly shows that he is not scared by saying 'I am not quite so bulky, but if he had remained, I might have shown him…...
The Great Grimpen Mire
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In Chapter 7 Stapleton talks of how Ponies have been sucked into the Great Grimpen Mire, this seems random and makes you think that something concerning the Great Grimpen Mire is going to happen. Chapter 8 is Watson's first report where he talks about Barrymore, the butler, who has been sneaking around the Baskerville Hall in the night time. There is no reason why Barrymore has done this and it adds an eerie feeling to the atmosphere. Watson then describes…...
Detailed Descriptions in Short Stories About Sherlock Holmes
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Doyle not only uses detailed descriptions when describing scenery but also, when introducing a character that has come to seek help from Sherlock Holmes. ' her face all drawn and grey, with restless frightened eyes, like those of some hunted animal' and' her expression weary and haggard', here we can see how Doyle creates detailed descriptions by the use of adjectives we can also see, how observant the narrator is. Doyle frequently uses convoluted expressions when introducing his stories, for…...
Essay Holmes
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We perceive Holmes to be immaculate; being clever, presumptuous, observant, brave, confident and trustworthy. Is this why we revere him so much? Because we wish that we knew someone like him? The character, Sherlock Holmes, is indeed highly over-exaggerated; with his name being Sherlock (which is very uncommon) and with him being able to deduce the wildest, yet correct assumptions on the case. Never the less, although he is too good to be true, characters like Holmes will always be…...
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Sherlock Holmes’ Mental Health
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On a side note, Holmes have been associated with several different daignosis where the most notable would be that he is on the austism spectrum, more specifically Asperger's Syndrome. (Rayne 2018, 1) The reason why many scholars and fanatics alike diagnose him as being a suffer of Asperger's is his attention to the smallest detail and his tendency to be absorbed in his own interests (Rayne 2018, 1) which are symptoms of Asperger's. Furthermore, when it comes to recollecting Holmes…...
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Mr Sherlock Holmes Character Analysis
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When we as readers encounter Mr Holmes for the first time, alongside Dr Watson, he seems to be this enigma Watson sets out to solve. Mr Holmes seems to be this all known being whose deductive skills excites everyone else's. Despite, his extensive knowledge on nearly every subject known to mankind, there are still fields that are aliened to him. One such field is creating meaningful relationships and social interaction overall. In A Study in Scarlet (1887), Dr Watson takes…...
Triangle Desire and Homosocial Bond in Sherlock Holmes
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Triangle Desire and Homosocial Bond When talking of triangle desire, one needs to know that desires of individuals are rather simple in that it only needs a subject and object. As one's desires becomes increasingly more complex a mediator appears and the triangle is complete. This is at least what Mr Girard's theory states. So, Mr Girard's theory in its essence has three components, the mediator, Mr Holmes in this case, the subject Dr Watson and the object which is…...
Mr Holmes and Dr Watson’s Relationship
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When talking of triangle desire, one needs to know that desires of individuals are rather simple in that it only needs a subject and object. As one's desires becomes increasingly more complex a mediator appears and the triangle is complete. This is at least what Mr Girard's theory states. So, Mr Girard's theory in its essence has three components, the mediator, Mr Holmes in this case, the subject Dr Watson and the object which is the crime. In A Study…...
What Makes Watson The Perfect Partner to Sherlock Holmes?
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Another thing that contributes quite a bit to their dynamic partnership is their similarities. Despite their differences, they are remarkably similar. For instance, they are both excitable and adventuress. The best example of Watson's hunger for adventure emerges when he first hears of Holmes' profession and cannot wait to assist Holmes. The only way to describe Watson's excitement when hearing this news is that of a child on Christmas Eve waiting to get his/her presence. Equally important is his former…...
Sherlock Holmes Essay
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Another of the false trails is the fact that Dr. Roylott keeps exotic animals on their estate, a cheetah and a baboon, "and he has at this moment a cheetah and a baboon, which wander freely over his grounds," which lead the reader to believe that one of these animals was responsible for Helen's sisters death. The actual culprit is a venomous Swamp Adder, or "The Speckled Band. " Helen's sister, Julia, actually cries out just before she dies, "Oh,…...
Sherlock Holmes comparison
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You get the impression that if Helen Stoner was mugged she wouldn't know what to do but Anne probably would give as good as she got. On the other hand Holmes knows more about selected things that he finds useful for the sort of cases he takes on like chemistry, anatomy and he seems also to be adept in psychology as well because he always seems to know what the criminal in all of his stories is thinking and he…...
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The Five Orange Pips
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The story revolves around the history of a young man who went by the name of John Openshaw whose uncle had adopted him. His uncle had died in a mysterious, sinister way after receiving a letter containing five orange pips with the letters K. K. K printed on the front of the envelope. The same fate had overtaken John's father and now John himself had received the same said letter and was excusably terrified of meeting the same gruesome end,…...
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Was Sherlock Holmes an Archetypal Victorian Gentleman?
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This incredible ability to notice every tiny detail, paired with his deductive reasoning makes Holmes able to detect things that others would not have paid any attention to. Holmes presents himself as a man of technology and science who is not afraid to use new concepts and processes to aid his work. In "The Norwood Builder" Holmes uses an early form of fingerprint analysis to solve the crime. Such techniques were rarely used at the time and this shows that…...
The short stories involving Sherlock Holmes
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'The short stories involving Sherlock Holmes manage to successfully combine many of the classic ingredients of the detective genre. ' With reference to the FIVE stories which you have studied, prove this to be the case. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a man of great intelligence who was brought up to love books. Influenced by his father's criminal work, Doyle produced his first 'Holmes' story in 1887. Sherlock Holmes was created by the amazing imagination of Doyle, with his 'sidekick',…...
Why was sherlock holmes so popular?
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To many, Sherlock's appeal is in his eccentric personality, but his methods draw in alot of admiration from a vast number of readers. Sherlock's methods separate him from many other detectives, as they are very unique to him and are relevant to his character. "No, but I fancy I have deduced a little more" He is very observant, which many of the other methods rely upon, from his observations he has an almost supernatural ability to deduce hidden clues. "He…...
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Sherlock Holmes, Silver Blaze and Scientific Method
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English Coursework Silver Blaze is considered one of the greatest examples of Sherlock Holmes' power of deduction;Do you agree and why In Silver Blaze, the crime/mystery is the murder of the horse trainer John Straker and the theft of the prize wining horse, Silver Blaze. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson are called in to investigate the case. His methods may appear extraordinary to others but to Sherlock Holmes himself they are very simple. Silver Blaze is regarded as…...
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Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Sherlock Holmes
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a famous author notably known for his series of 'Sherlock Holmes' detective narratives. He wrote four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes and the stories were much loved by the public in the era of which they were written. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Scotland on the 22nd of May 1859. He went to a boarding school at the age of nine and so no longer lived at home. After graduating he…...
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Why are the Sherlock Holmes Stories Still Popular Today?
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This piece of coursework will be answering the question and title above, this will include the examination of 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band' and also 'The Final Problem'. I have analysed these different types of the two stories - background, context of the stories, openings, settings, characters, including and investigation of the style, language and themes. One of the key parts to why the Sherlock Holmes stories are still popular is the author, Arthur Conan Doyle. He was born…...
Sherlock Holmes Short Stories
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Arthur Conan-Doyle is the acclaimed author of the infamous Sherlock Holmes short stories. His stories, although often different in setting and subject follow certain characteristics that link them all together. The characteristics enable us to distinguish Conan-Doyle's stories from stories of a similar genre, and allow the reader to stay interested in the whole series of stories as certain main features of the stories such as the relationship between Holmes and Watson can remain fairly consistent and yet there may…...
Analysis of the Detective Genre: Sherlock Holmes
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This story has no suspect as no crime is committed throughout the story. Tension is first created when one of Watson's wife's friends arrives at her house to explain her grief of the previous happenings. '' He has not been home for two days. I am so frightened about him! ''. This creates tension as we immediately assume someone is in potential danger as he is missing. A while after Watson finds Sherlock Holmes inside the opium den, this surprises…...
A Personal Theory of Counseling: The Holmes Approach
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Possibly absolutely nothing is as considerable to the success of the therapeutic procedure and absolutely nothing represents the foundation of successful therapy more than one's individual theory of therapy. All individuals in all aspects of life work from some belief system, point of view, or design of how the world works, how things are, and how things engage. Developing a deep understanding of one's own individual theory results in better decision-making with regard to the therapeutic procedure, including therapist method…...
Sherlock Homes
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle portrays the villains in the Sherlock Holmes stories with different personalities, characteristics, and intentions. Some are evil, anti-social; others seem to be more unusual. The villains from “The Speckled band” called Dr Roylott and Hugh Boone from “The Man with the Twisted Lip” are both portrayed in different and similar ways. Roylott is described as 'Huge, tall, large faced, with deep set bile shot eyes' and Hugh Boone is described as a “crippled beggar”. In the…...
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Case study on Dr. H. H. Holmes
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Dr. H. H. Holmes is considered America's first serial killer. The number of victims is estimated to be 27, and later discoveries of corpses revealed as many as 200. Holmes initially committed crimes such as fraud and forgery. In 1893 he built a three story building and named it the "castle" as a hotel, drug store, and commercial store fronts for the Chicago World's Fair. Holmes used the windowless hotel to lure his victims in to torture and kill. He…...
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Old Ironsides by Oliver Wendell Holmes: An Explication of the Poem
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"Old Ironsides" is a poem entitled to an old U.S. battleship. After news spread that this ship would be destroyed, Holmes nicknamed the ship as "Old Ironsides" to help construct a foundation of defense so that this battleship would not be demolished. The poem saved the ship from being destroyed and gave Holmes national recognition as a poet. The first stanza talks about tearing the flag down off the ship because it will no longer sail on the water. The…...
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What Makes Watson The Perfect Partner to Sherlock Holmes?
...Additionally, his supposed supreme intellect makes him seem arrogant and his tendency to be direct may scare individuals away, yet he is not depicted as being disgusted by his so-called colleague's average intelligence. Holmes often seem to come off ...
Why was sherlock holmes so popular?
...It is the combination of all these concerning factors that make the legendary Sherlock Holmes all he is today and this is precisely why he was so popular back in Victorian times. From the time of the publishing, to the stories themselves every factor...
Why are the Sherlock Holmes Stories Still Popular Today?
...Also he notices mud spattered on her jacket in seven places, Holmes even identifies that this mud is from travelling in a dog cart on heavy roads because no other vehicle throws up mud in that way when you sit on the left hand side of the driver. Hol...

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