The Adventure Of The Sussex Vampire Essay

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Another Strange Woman In The Attic The always clever and cunning Sherlock Holmes manages to crack another case in Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story named The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire. The short story is part of twelve Sherlock Holmes stories, which were collected between the years 1921-1927 and published under the name The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes. The intricate short stories were first published in January 1924 by The Strand Magazine in London, and they proved to be immensely popular amongst their readers. In total, Arthur Conan Doyle wrote fifty-six short stories with Sherlock Holmes starring as his leading detective. For one thing, the 130th anniversary of Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation of famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes, the absolute…show more content…
Additionally Mrs Ferguson is even compared to an animal; “The silent, watchful mother seemed to be lying in wait as a wolf waits for a lamb” (Doyle 2). What is more, Ellen Harrington stated that; “”The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire” toys with the possibility of violent female sexuality in a foreign woman, whom [Sherlock] Holmes redeems by showing her true humanitarian motives” (8). At first, Mr Ferguson does not believe that his wife could be capable of such evil, however when he catches his wife ‘in the act’ she is “now confined to her room”, refusing herself to come out (Doyle 2). One can’t help drawing some parallels here with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, in which Mr Rochester’s first wife is locked up in the attic as well. The Creole woman, by the name of Bertha Mason, is described as violent and insane, and attacks her brother by biting him; “She has sucked the blood; she said she’d drain my heart” (Brontë 224). More importantly, Bertha is the original ‘madwoman in the attic’ and connected to many famous lines of criticism within feminist theory: “Many factors, not the least of which is the proliferation of feminist criticism and reading practices, have contributed to Bertha Mason’s paradigmatic status and to contemporary readers’ newfound sympathy” (Donaldson 99). Similarly as in The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire, the foreign woman
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