Analysis of The Man with the Twisted Lip, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, and The Red Room

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Analysis of The Man with the Twisted Lip, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, and The Red Room

The Victorian era was a time of great change; industrialisation, imperialism, scientific discovery. These changes reflect in the new topics of contemporary literature.

In this essay I am going to look at the effect created by Arthur Conan Doyle and H G Wells in three short stories, analysing how this effect has added to the plot, setting and atmosphere.

In order to fully understand the ideas behind these short stories it is detrimental to overcome our ignorance of past culture.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was surrounded by a London of crime. The police force was almost totally ineffective and the idea of
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If you didn't have enough questions unanswered with the title, you mind goes into overdrive to attempt to place the opening event with the rest of the story.

In The Adventures of the Speckled Band it doesn't offer this immediate junction, he introduces the story as we are used to with the literature of Conan Doyle, a recount by Dr. Watson.

The placing of a red herring at the opening of the twisted lip I think was an experiment by Conan Doyle, I might go so far as to say he was making a point. It was around this time that Conan Doyle had attempted to write Sherlock Holmes out of his series, thus ending his illustrious career. However his popularity was such that by Royal Decree of Her Majesty Queen VictoriaSherlock Holmes was set to return.

This Red Herring could be a testimony to telling the reader just who was in charge of Sherlock Holmes, coincidence perhaps but maybe a reason for Conan Doyle's straying from the norm.

The creation of this red herring is not something a find adds to the book, I feel its just a page of dull waffle, it does nothing to interest me the reader, for if it weren't for Conan Doyle's acclaim and previous works, I am sure I would have not continued to read the book.

The entrance to the Red Room is quite abrupt, using prose as the opening sentence; "I can assure you that it will
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