Rebellion In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign Of Four

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Despite, the doubts the people had on their Empire' strength, they were not physically weakened by the event:" Christopher Herbert observed that, in actuality, the British were not politically or militarily weakened by the confrontation. They were able to tighten their imperial hold on India and amend their management to make it more efficient. In fact, compared to the other European wars of the nineteenth century the Indian Rebellion was of small consequence," since this encounter was so, "injurious to the collective British consciousness," the people's fear of the foreigners and foreign influence were suddenly more prevalent in 19th-century texts (Summers 45, 46). In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign of Four he includes the many views the …show more content…
Once the story progressed, the readers were presented with the character, Mr. Thaddeus Sholto, that represents the extremes of oriental obsessions. When the readers were introduced to Thaddeus Sholto and his home, there was immediate a sense of exoticism and luxury, because that was how Doyle illustrated the Indian artifacts, parallel to the colonies, to be: "The richest and glossiest of curtains and tapestries draped the walls, looped back here and there to expose some richly mounted painting or Oriental vase"(Doyle 113). It wasn't only the Oriental goods that were seen as luxurious at the time, people in the 19th century also related the colonies to "social and economic advancement" which was reflected in Doyle's The Sign of Four through the parallels of Oriental goods(Fraser). These parallels of foreign attraction in The Sign of Four reflect how the People in the 19th Century supported the Empire in their international excursions and conquests, the conquests of expansion and colonization brought home many good fortunes such as economic growth and national

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