The Characters Of Sherlock Holmes

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“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” (Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes) This is one of the many lines in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes Mysteries. Conan Doyle, born in May of 1859, published the first Sherlock Holmes mystery, A Study in Scarlet, in 1887. When he died in July of 1930 there were 4 novels as well as 56 short stories that featured Holmes. Even though some of the plots throughout the series are unrealistic many of the cultural details are real. Doyle describes London in a great amount of detail, including the smog that fell upon the city. For example, some of the locations Doyle writes about are in fact real places; some of the characters are based off people he knew in his life, and throughout the novels and stories there are many weapons and ammo that were actually used in the nineteenth century.
Inspiration for the Characters
Conan Doyle was attending medical school at the University of Edinburgh when he met Dr. Joseph Bell, his professor. Bell was a lecturer and an excellent surgeon. He wrote many scientific books and was even Queen Victoria’s personal surgeon whenever she came to Scotland. However, what made Bell so amazing was his ability to connect with his patients. He would astonish his students by being able to determine a patient’s occupation and other personal details simply by observing them. After Sir Doyle graduated medical
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