Sherlock Holmes and Sigmund Freud Compared

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Shabnam Shukrullah Meyer's THE SEVEN-PER-CENT SOLUTION In the excerp from the novel The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Nicholas Meyer’s reveals the true nature of the characters detective Sherlock Holmes and the psychologist Sigmund Freud. Although, both of the characters shared similarities and differences in their professional methods that they used in their career, the two characters were both monumental figures that changed the human history through their brilliance in work. First, there are many similarities between the characters Sherlock Holmes and Sigmund Freud. For example, both Holmes and Freud smoked tobacco preferably both tried cocaine while it was legal during the 19th century. While, Holmes used pipe for a way to get away…show more content…
Holmes uses reasoning when he tells Freud doesn't permit any maid into his private study room evidently because of the dust in Freud's study room. The last method that both used was case-study method that was explanatory analysis of a person or event. Holmes does uses case study method in order to solve mysteries and find the real criminals, while Freud uses case study by analyzing patterns and finding causes for a person’s behavior. Case study method used by both Holmes and Freud, excelled at bringing a deeper understanding to complex issues through experiences and previous research. In addition to having similar methods, Holmes and Freud also had different strategies in their work. Holmes used a method of using blood patterns in order to know where in the room the blood originated, while Freud used subjects life history in order to know why someone is behaving the way they are. Holmes used magnifying glasses while thoroughly analyzing the events, in contrast Freud used his “pocket watch” which was used for hypnosis especially for cocaine addicts. In the scene when Freud claims that he can stop the compulsion of Holmes' cocaine addiction by practicing hypnotism on him, Holmes angrily responds by asking "do you propose to make me bark like a dog and crawl about on all fours?" which indicates that Holmes doesn't believe in hypnosis and thinks it is a type of trick used by clowns. The third difference in

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