Conan Doyle´s The Speckled Band vs Visitor´s by Brian Moon Essay

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This essay will examine both "The Speckled Band" by Conan Doyle and "Visitors" by Brian Moon and will look at how each one conforms to or diverges from the conventions of the detective story and also how each story is representative of the century it was written in by how it presents the woman, the hero and the villain. The conventions of the detective story were mostly established in the early twentieth century yet "The Speckled Band" was written in the late nineteenth century. However, it still conforms to most of the detective story conventions, therefore I conclude that it deserves to be called a detective story One of the conventions of the detective story is that the detective if frequently an amateur. In "The …show more content…
One of the conventions of the detective story is that the detective is an amateur, or at least not a member of the “official detective force';, however, in "Visitors" the roles of the burglar and the police are switched round so the burglars are “professional [and]… respectable'; whereas the police are “dirty and unkempt';. In the story burglary has been nationalised and has become a profession while the police force seems to consist of all the amateurs that used to be the burglars before burglary was nationalised. In "Visitors" it is the burglar that is most like Holmes, being “respectable'; and “professional'; and if you consider him to be the detective figure
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