Sherlock Holmes Accomplishments

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"A ring comes at the bell; a step is heard upon the stair. The dropping eyelids lift, and the nostrils quiver with the eager thrill of the chase. “Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot!” (Smith). I was a small fourteen year old, rummaging through the school library, when I found that yellow book which looked like jaundice had left it barely alive. The pages were torn and the print was faded, yet the title still stood in big bold letters: The Hound of the Baskervilles. Intrigued, I took the book home, and within a few pages, I was darting through the moor, running from the hound, and pitying a young woman on her condition. All that while, I admired one peculiar detective named Sherlock Holmes. I was hooked. Needless to say, after reading all …show more content…
Howard Haycraft, a well-known mystery writer and Sherlockian, wrote of Sherlock Holmes “Countless troubled letters, by the testimony of the postal authorities have been addressed with appealing faith to Mr. Sherlock Holmes, 221B, Baker Street, London.”(Smith,). The methods which most detective apply today can be attributed to Sherlock Holmes: the minute attention to details, the subtle reading of the surroundings, a penchant for keeping all facts straight before rushing to a conclusion. With so peculiar a character and cases so vivid, Sherlock has inspired many people. Throughout the twentieth century, people identified themselves as Sherlockians or Holmians, and today people identify themselves as being Sherlocked. This character has a profound effect of making others believe in him that transcends centuries and generations. I can say that decades later there will still be people who revere him as much, or more than people did in the twentieth century; people will still be Sherlocked by this enigmatic …show more content…
While most of the characters from other books seem to fade in time, Sherlock can adapt, and he has survived. Starting from the journals of Dr. Watson, his adventures have travelled a great deal. The medium range from stacks of books, to movies, to television series and many parodies and fan fictions. While most of these portray Holmes in his original setting, Victorian England, the most recent ones have moved to current time. This has been a success as it fun to go back in time and watch the old London. In the Victorian setting, Holmes travelled through London in carriages with lamps for headlight, he used to send telegraphs and smoked a pipe. However, it doesn’t give us the pleasure we can derive from watching Holmes being chased by paparazzi, and pursued by fan girls. This modernized Sherlock is broadcasted by the BBC and revised by Steven Mofatt and Mark Gatiss. The Victorian Sherlock Holmes, played by actors like Christopher Lee and Robert Downey Jr.,and modern day Sherlock played by Benedict Cumberbatch are the same characters that have changed over time. The time when Sherlock had to develop a reagent to confirm if a red stain was really a drop of blood has long passed. Sherlock, in twenty first century, doesn’t have time for such trivial matters. Up to date with technological advances of today, Sherlock sends texts instead of

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