A New And Unique Hero Figure Essay

978 Words Nov 15th, 2016 4 Pages
"Thus, Holmes is a drug-using manic-depressive with a superiority complex and a long list of other symptoms that can be cataloged as mental illnesses" (Faktorovich, 183).
For the 19th century detective genre, Sherlock Holmes was the ideal of a flawed protagonist – imperfect in character but exceptional in his capacity for detective work. Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes is "a new and unique hero figure” (Faktorovich, 175 and an eccentric in the truest sense of the word. Rather than detracting from his character, Doyle uses Holmes unique personality quirks and intellectual prowess in tandem to humanize him; to create a distinct, hero of sorts cast on the fringe of the 1800’s morality.
A textbook narcissist, Holmes demonstrates many of the traits associated with the personality type, chiefly his contempt – or rather borderline disdain – for others. It is Holmes who “loathed every form of society with his whole Bohemian soul” (Doyle, 5). Rather than accepting a comparison to Edgar Allen Poe’s Dupin as praise, Holmes remarks that it is almost an insult since Dupin is “‘a very inferior fellow’ as he failed to match Holmes’ analytical genius” (Faktorovich, 163). It is within these few examples out of many that Holmes’ demonstrates how he feels “superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people” (Mayo Clinic). However, Holmes’ confidence is not ill-founded; time and time again he proves himself with a "’peculiar analytical ability’ and ‘academic brilliance…

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