Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes And Hercule Poirot Essay

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As long as it has existed the criminal justice system has had an affect on literature and vise versa. No where is this more evident than in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century with the publications of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie with their respective detectives, Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. These detectives being based mostly in England would be governed under common law, a more centralized version of what we have come to know inside of the United States of America; luckily we can relate to the stories that do indeed take place within the States. We must keep in mind that the time depicted contains the period from the end of the civil war to after the Great War. As a point of interest, in his first Sherlock Holmes story Sir Arthur Conan Doyle depicts the Mormons as a vengeful group of settlers settling the west. A far cry from the chronic nice guy mentality most laymen have come to associate with the group after the Book of Mormon Musical was released, needless to say times have changed.

To extend upon our opening, we shall look into the the era in question in greater detail. The Political Era of policing is generally described as taking place between eighteen-forty and nineteen-thirty. This era was so named because of the influence that political officials could have on the force, generally but not always resulting in corruption. The fact that private detectives were glorified in literature dealing with wholly inept officers…

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