A Study Of Scarlet By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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The way one conveys oneself tends to speak immensely to what they think of themselves. Many wish to convey themselves as humble in works, but spend too much time emphasizing this point by showing they have a lot to be humble about, which has the inverse effect of making them come off as self-important. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, this occasionally occurs with the character of Doctor John Watson. However, Watson’s most prominent traits, loneliness, curiosity, and maturity, are revealed through his storytelling and relationships, most notably with Sherlock and himself. The largest part of what we learn about John Watson’s personality comes from the early portion of the story and remains consistent throughout the work.
At first glance Watson appears to be a factual, reliable author who returned from war in Afghanistan. Early in the story he states that he, “had neither kith nor kin in England, and was therefore free as air…There I stayed for some time at a private hotel in the Strand, leading a comfortless, meaningless existence” (Doyle 10). This is evidence of Watson’s attempt to show impartiality and humility early in the story. The fact that he has no relatives or acquaintances in England shows that he is a lonely man, possibly looking for self-affirmation through the story he is telling. This is proven further when he stresses his, “comfortless, meaningless existence” (Doyle 10). He is obviously depressed at this point without anybody to help motivate…
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