The Character of the Hero and His Detective Skills in Stories of Sherlock Holmes

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The Character of the Hero and His Detective Skills in Stories of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is a well-known and loved detective who features in sixty-eight of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective stories.
Written in the early 19c and set in London, the adventures of Holmes and his companion Dr Watson (with whom shared a flat with during some of the tales) are ingeniously written. Conan Doyle was born in 1859 in
Edinburgh, Scotland; he went to Stonyhurst School and did a degree in medicine at Edinburgh University. He began writing during the time he was in medical practice using it as a way to pass the time he had free during his work. However his writing soon took over from medicine and he became famous for it.
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roylott of the crime and calls on Holmes for help) to deduce his conclusions. Dr
Watson, Holmes's companion narrates the story. At the beginning of the adventures the pair are very close living and working together. During the course of the adventures Watson (who is a trained doctor) gets married, moves out of the flat he shares with Holmes at 21b Baker
Street and returns to being a full time doctor. However in the
'Scandal in Bohemia' case Watson returns to find his old friend in the same old manners and habits as when he had left "To me, who knew his every mood and habit, his attitude and manner told their own story. He was at work again."

The way Holmes greets Watson when he enters the flat again is typical of Holmes. The first time Holmes saw Watson he merely waved his arm in a gesture for Watson to sit in a chair and carried on, as he did not like being disturbed during his thinking. Holmes then looked over
Watson and in doing so he used one of his most powerful methods his observational skills. From this look Holmes managed to deduce not only that Watson had put on weight but also that Watson had returned to being a doctor and that he has a clumsy servant girl. Watson is amazed by this skill and we witness this amazement throughout the adventures
Watson is in awe of Holmes skills.

The first example of Holmes skill is displayed very early on in both stories. In 'a Scandal in bohemia'

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