The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Essay

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

As my first point I would like to comment on the use of Watson as a narrator. I think that the writer does this to show how clever Sherlock Holmes is compared to an ordinary person. We see this as Watson often gets confused and doesn't know what's going on, where as Holmes always seems to be in control. An example of this is in the story 'The Blue Carbuncle', before the mystery has even come to light, Sherlock Holmes deduces certain things from a battered hat. "He does not have gas laid on in his house". This amazes Watson, because he could not deduce anything from the hat. This serves to illustrate Watson's stupidity in comparison with Sherlock Holmes. Other good
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Of course there is a down side to having Watson as a narrator. One of these is that we don't know what Sherlock Holmes is thinking or why he does certain things like tapping the pavement in "The Red-Headed League". "Having thumped vigorously on the pavement two or three times." It also means that we don't know how Holmes' mind works when he is thinking about a hard case. We don't see all the pieces coming together; we just see the finished picture.

Another bad thing about having Watson as a narrator is that it makes the

stories predictable. He always has a theory about who committed a crime or how it occurred, and he is always wrong.

He never solves anything, it is always Holmes who comes to the right conclusion. This means that we know what will happen at the end of every story. We know that Holmes will solve his case and there will be satisfactory closure. This is because the stories are written in the style of classic realism, which means that there is always a hero, in our case Holmes, who has a problem, which he or she always surmounts. Also, justice is always seen to been done.

Another reason that the books have remained so popular is the humour that the writer uses in the stories to lighten the mood and relieve the tension. An example of this is in the story of "The Speckled Band" when we are told that Holmes is crawling around on the floor with his
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