How does Conan Doyle present the character of Watson in the Sherlock

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How does Conan Doyle present the character of Watson in the Sherlock
Holmes stories?

Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh and was educated at
Stony Hurst College and the University of Edinburgh. From 1882 to 1890 he practiced medicine in Southsea, England. His first novel, A Study in Scarlet, the first of 60 stories featuring Sherlock Holmes, appeared in 1887. this helped boost the start of the crime genre. For a while he finished the stories, but with debts and great public support he created another collection of the Holmes stories, due to the fact they were in high demand. Conan Doyle sadly died in
Crowborough, Sussex, England, on July 7, 1930.

Holmes is an intellectual detective who although spends a lot of …show more content…

Holmes deserves the most of the respect as he’s always the one to solve the crime; “…and to listen with a mocking smile to the general chorus of misplaced congratulation.”(The adventure of the Devils foot)

But, forgetting their differences they generally seem to get along in all cases and create a pleasant nature;

“I should be most happy to go down with you if I should not be in the way," said I.

"My dear Watson, you would confer a great favour upon me by coming. And I think that your time will not be misspent” (Silver

The next main point I would like to discuss is the use of narration being used as Watson. Usually all narration starts with an narration of the time and area, consequently, this is no different, Watson gives several openings like this;

“In the third week of November, in the year 1895, a dense yellow fog settled down upon London. From the Monday to the Thurs-day I doubt whether it was ever possible from our windows in Baker Street to see the loom of the opposite houses.” (The adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans)

Arthur Conan Doyle uses Watson as a source of information to the reader, from the most obvious points to difficult points that are developed over time, the use of this is to get the reader more involved in the storyline and helps them follow the plot more. For

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