The Sign of the Four

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  • Non-European Cultures In Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign Of Four

    In The Sign of Four, Arthur Conan Doyle writes about non-European cultures with a negative connotation that is discriminatory towards cultures that are not of European decent. These views are dominantly expressed through either the character Sherlock Holmes or the character Jonathan Small. Jonathan Small’s description and treatment of Tonga, his companion, are the perfect example of how non-Europeans are viewed and treated during the time period in which this novel was written. Small also talks about his interactions with the Sikhs in this story and essentially blames his own wrongdoings on the influences of the Sikhs. Sherlock Holmes however, believes that judging a person by the way they look is wrong but contradicts his own beliefs because he judges people by the colour of their skin and the way they look, showing that Doyle also possesses these biases. In The Sign of Four, Arthur…

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  • Sherlock Holmes In Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sing Of Four

    Sherlock Holmes is a detective hero of all times, a fictional character who is more famous than his creator Arthur Conan Doyle. The Scottish author Doyle wrote one of his well-known novel “The Sing of Four starring” the unique and detailed character Sherlock Holmes. Although Doyle has never been a colonist nor his character Holmes, the novel presents the idea of the British empire and its power along with the danger of colonized India and its people through Victorian perspective. I shall start…

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  • Sherlock Holmes Qualities

    You are a literary scholar and expert on the mystery genre. You have been asked to deliver a guest lecture for a college course in criminal justice; specifically, you must discuss the qualities of a good detective. Write a lecture that compares two popular detectives, one of whom must be Sherlock Holmes. The other detective can be from another work of literature, a film, or a television series. Evaluate the fictional detectives’ positive and negative qualities, their strategies, and their…

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  • Compare And Contrast Sherlock Holmes Vs Blackwood

    Sherlock Holmes, the greatest detective in the world, is one of the most recognizable literary characters. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legacy has been immortalized many times throughout the years in various small and big screen adaptations. One of the more recent and positively reviewed is the 2009 mystery action flick simply titled Sherlock Holmes, directed by Guy Ritchie. Robert Downey Jr. steps into the shoes of the great detective and is set on the momentous task of hunting down Lord Henry…

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  • The Hound Of The Baskervilles: A Character Analysis

    In the late 1880’s of Victorian England, one of the most iconic and well-known duo’s was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.Throughout his book, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson can be seen as two complete opposites. Their differences are revealed through the roles they play in the book, how they think, and how they change from the beginning to the end of the novel. Even through their hardships and disagreements, Watson and Holmes use their differences to make up the…

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  • Who Is The White Knight In The Maltese Falcon

    Written in 1939 and directed in 1941 respectively, The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and The Maltese Falcon by John Huston are iconic in the detective genre for reinventing what it really means to be a detective in the world of literature. Their main characters are a far cry from the Sherlock Holmes and the Philo Vance type of private eye who never make any mistakes and always get the better of the villain. Instead, their detectives are gritty, hardened, and deeply flawed. However, one detective…

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  • Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone Character Analysis

    In this essay, the characterization of two characters, Harry Potter in “Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone” and Sherlock Holmes in “The Boscombe Valley Mystery” are the two heroes which would be analyzed. Their characterization would be discussed in two ways. Firstly, how their appearance presented. Secondly, how their actions, which the speech and thought are included, help to present the image of the heroic character. In my point of view, hero is a person who is outstanding with high…

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  • Analysis Of The Adventure Of The Speckled Band By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Detective stories are one of the most complicated genres there are. With a good detective story comes many aspects: a good crime, a thorough investigation, some red herrings to throw the reader off, and a lot of action. But, most of all, detective stories need a good and qualified detective at the helm. Easily the most famous of all detectives in the genre and possibly the world is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Being the most enduring character of detective stories, he is known for…

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  • Sherlock Holmes Definition

    “The name is Sherlock Holmes and the address is 221B Baker Street.” (Moffat) This is where we start our story, with a name and an address. If you ask random people “Who is Sherlock Holmes?” most will tell you that he is the greatest detective to ever live. While this statement is taken for fact all around the world, unfortunately the great Mister Holmes has always been fiction. It is like calling the lion who lives in savannas the king of the jungle. The actuality in these labels maybe lacking,…

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  • Essay On Mind Palace

    3. The mind palace (or brain attic) In one of the many stories that Conan Doyle wrote, Holmes tells Watson: “I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.” Then, the idea of the brain attic is not actually new, because this quote was published in 1891. The brain attic is not a very common idea, it is not usual to come across those words neither in literature nor in television, nevertheless, it is one of the most…

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