The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Essay
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Show with close reference to two stories from ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle conveys the characters and times of Sherlock Holmes In ‘The Speckled Band’ and ‘The Five Orange Pips’ from ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle conveys the characters and times of Sherlock Holmes in many ways, The images the author portrays in the text concern the relationship between Holmes and his clients and Holmes and Dr. Watson. In ‘The Speckled Band’ the main characters are Mrs.
Hudson Sherlock Holmes’s land lady, Mrs Farintosh a previous client, Helen Stoner the victim, Dr. Roylott the stepfather of the victim and the perpetrator, Mrs Stoner the mother of the victim, and Julia the sister of the victim. In this story Julia died in mysterious circumstances just before her wedding, when she would have inherited a large sum of money from her dead father. Helen is going to get married in the near future and is worried about what might happen to her. Holmes discovers that the culprit is Dr. Roylott who wants to keep the money for himself.
The main characters in ‘The Five Orange Pips’ are John Openshaw the victim, Elias the victims’ uncle, Joseph the victims father and Captain James Calhoun the leader of the gang who are the perpetrators. Elias and Joseph were killed after receiving a letter and five orange pips. John went to see Holme after receiving something similar. Unfortunately he was too late and John was killed on his way home after seeing Holmes, who then atempts to contact Captain Calhoun but his ship sinks before he gets the message Sherlock sent.
During the Victorian era upper class women did not travel alone especially around London. If they did need to travel they would have been accompanied by a friend or relation, and therefore would risk being frowned upon by going to see Holmes alone. As Holmes’ clients are principally female he has had to protect himself from disreputable accusations by having Mrs Hudson, the housekeeper, around. ‘I am glad to see that Mrs Hudson has had the good sense to light the fire. ‘
Sherlock Holmes’ reputation is famous and in most of his cases the clients came to him. He did not go and try to find them. ‘I have heard of you, Mr Holmes’ This excerpt appears in both ‘The Five Orange Pips’ and ‘The Speckled Band’ and shows that Holmes did not go out to find his clients but relied on people hearing about his services by word of mouth. By not working for an official law-enforcing company for example the police force, he has the ability to choose to take only cases, which he is interested.
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