A Scandal Of Bohemia By Arthur Conan Doyle Essay

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The book A Scandal in Bohemia by Arthur Conan Doyle and the book The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe both present cases where the lead detectives must procure a lost or stolen item. Although both authors use almost congruent plots, characters and situations to expose readers to great tales of ratiocination, the contrast in the characters’ behavior, the fluctuation in plots and the slight difference in situations lead to Doyle’s A Scandal in Bohemia to be a more thought provoking and cultural questioning tale. In both Poe’s and Doyle’s works the lead detectives share similar personalities. Both detectives, Poe’s C. Auguste Dupin and Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, are unconventional, withdrawn from society, have a love of solving problems beyond the police’s ability and use deductive reasoning to solve problems. Their ability to identify with the criminal beyond superficial means allows for both of them to be successful. In The Purloined Letter the police have been trained to search inside of every nook and cranny and conduct a thorough investigation, however; ironically being trained to think like a criminal does not convert into practice the ability to think like the calculating opportunist that the minister is. Although, Dupin’s ability to think not only like a criminal but to think logically allows him to step into the role of the minister and discover where the stolen letter is concealed. After discovering the location of the letter, Dupin’s cocky personality results…

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