How Conan Doyle Creates Suspense and Tension in the Sherlock Holmes Stories?

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Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 22nd May 1859. He attended Edinburgh University and graduated with a degree in medicine, in 1881. He then practised as a doctor from 1882-1891, but not very successfully. Whilst practising as a doctor, in 1887, he published his first short story featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, “A study in Scarlet”. The Strand magazine, founded in 1890, published a series of Sherlock Holmes stories, this let both the detective and the magazine becoming extremely popular. My essay will be based upon how Doyle creates suspense in the following three short stories; “Silver Blaze”, “The Red-Headed League” and “A Scandal in Bohemia”, and I will be commenting on what impact it may have on the…show more content…
Instead Doyle’s output of gradual information through Watson and the reader feels as though they themselves are walking in the footsteps of Holmes’ good friend Dr Watson, solving the crime by with the great detective of all time. Although very small but vital pieces of information is kept from the reader, to ensure Sherlock Holmes always has the upper hand in the investigation. An example of this is in “Silver Blaze”, when Holmes asks the inspector for a picture of John Straker but does not include an explanation of why he needs it, this automatically builds suspension upon the reader’s minds , as they starts to wonder what Holmes knows that he is yet inform Watson about. Until the crime is solved the reader will be full of anticipation and with the information that had been given to them, they’ll try to solve the case themselves. In both “The Red-Headed League” and “Silver Blaze”, Holmes holds back on the information he shares with Watson and doesn’t give away too much to Watson, and since Watson is the narrator, information is also held-back from the readers and all information that is given is given at a gradual pace. This similarity shows that this is obviously a continuous technique of Doyle. An example of this in Red-Headed League is; “Why do you beat the pavement?’ ‘My dear Doctor, this is a time of observation…the parts which lie behind us”. All throughout
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