An Analysis Of ' A Scandal Of Bohemia ' And The Speckled Band ' By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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“A Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Speckled Band” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are both narrated by Dr. Watson. Throughout the stories, Watson explains what is going on and what Holmes has discovered. However, Conan Doyle also uses Watson as a foil character to Sherlock. The things Watson describes are things most people would also see, yet what Sherlock tells him are things only Sherlock has the skills to observe and piece together. This is important because by seeing the events or people first described to us by Watson, it makes Sherlock’s observations and interpretations of the scene seem even more genius. One of the first examples we see of this is in “A Scandal in Bohemia”. Watson describes the King’s outlandish outfit and physical appearance, but it is Holmes that determines he is the King of Bohemia. We first learn about the client when Watson says, “His dress was rich with a richness which would, in England, be looked upon as akin to bad taste” (4). This tells us the client is rich and either ignorant to English fashion or not from England. Watson then says that “Heavy bands of Astrakhan were lashed across the sleeves and fronts of his double-breasted coat, while the deep blue cloak was thrown over his shoulders was lined with flame-coloured silk...” (4). This just continues to tell us about the clothing the king is wearing, but gives no indication he is royal. It simply implies that he is wealthy. This causes the reader’s first perceptions of the client to be that he…

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