Analysis Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1684 Words Dec 24th, 2016 7 Pages
It took many tries for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to get the story right. In fact, Sherlock Holmes wasn 't even in the first draft! In a later draft with Sherlock Holmes ' first appearance, John Reeves, an experienced policeman was the main character while Sherlock Holmes came in as a man by the name of Sheringford Holmes, where he makes a brief cameo in the beginning (Cawthorne 14). John Reeves also had a roommate named “Ormond Sacker” who would later become John Watson (Cawthorne 14)! How did this happen? How could Sir Arthur Conan Doyle go from an “Ormond Sacker” to a “John Watson”? Well, the answer to that question is that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle needed a lot of time and inspiration. This paper will talk about how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle included many cerebral, cultural, and historical inspirations to make his stories much more popular at the time in which they were created. First of all, there are many cultural inspirations that appear in the stories. Many of these inspirations are from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 's own life from people he knew. For instance, a neighbor of Conan Doyle 's, Dr. James Watson, had just come back from China when his name was included in the stories as Dr. John Watson (Cawthorne 14). As for Sherlock Holmes ' name, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did know an Oliver Wendell Holmes, but he was most likely inspired from a schoolmate named Patrick Holmes (Cawthorne 14). However, the author claims to have gotten the name from Patrick Shacklock, a famous MCC bowler…
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