Holmes and Watson in the Detective Genre Essay

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Holmes and Watson in the Detective Genre

The detective performs a key role in the story and provides hope to the reader, especially in the time when Sherlock Holmes was written.
Victorian life was hard, law-less and dangerous and especially in London.
In every story Conan Doyle

A vital component to the detective genre is the sleuth himself who in these stories is portrayed as a convincing, sharp, and witty character; a gentleman with intelligence, more so than the reader and side kick, well rounded and good natured. The detective performs a key role in the story and provides hope to the reader, especially in the time when Sherlock Holmes was written. Victorian life was hard, law-less and dangerous and especially in
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Holmes’ precise and accurate conclusions are processed through an intricate and thorough method.

When Conan Doyle introduces a distracting factor which might throw a doubt upon all Holmes mental abilities we see that Holmes is so involved in his methods that the slightest emotional change could tip him over to the wrong conclusion.

Holmes’ highly tuned and accurate mind is such that if anything dramatically changed, or was altered, it would change the entire outlook upon the crime.

‘grit in a sensitive instrument, or crack in one of his high power lenses would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a narrative such as his’

This gives a sense that if anything were to alter, the whole case could be solved, or go terribly wrong.

Sherlock Holmes humours his acquaintances with his dry wit, on numerous occasions:

‘my life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little problems help me to do so.’ Suggesting that without his little adventures he would be bored and solving these crimes show him some interest and keep his brain ticking over.

Doyle also implies that Holmes does his work, not for want of
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