The Role Of Characterism In Strong Poison By Dorothy Sayers

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In the novel Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers, Lord Peter Wimsey is introduced as a man who fits the mold of the generic and accustomed detective: he employs intuition and knowledge to solve a mystery. The history of detective novels has established a narrow definition of how a proper detective thinks and acts, a representation that is utilized even in current day. The role of a detective is frequently portrayed as an outsider or abnormally intelligent, and so the case’s outcome hinges on him being the sole individual capable of solving the crime due to his ingenious aptitude. With success comes self-assurance, and so the more accomplished a detective is, the more likely he is to feel secure in the next case. Wimsey does not stray far from…show more content…
He has figured out neither the motive nor the execution of the crime. He takes note of his lack of success, saying “For the first time, too, […] doubted […] own power to carry through what […] had undertaken” (Sayers 95). Wimsey does not possess the innate deduction of the typical detective and instead has to utilize other means of finding the answers, methods that in particular incorporate other people aiding him. However, this need for cooperative work suggests that there is the potential for Wimsey to consider himself to be incapable of either solving the case alone or solving it all together. To Wimsey, as it is for many other detectives, this fear of failure goes beyond the notion of merely his detective skills and seeps into his overall perception of himself. When he is unable to find answers, he is also unable to achieve happiness. please kill me lol. Wimsey strays from implementing pure logic when concerning a case, which furthers his behavior from the typical detective. To the majority of society, he is still an outsider like most detectives are. However, Wimsey’s unique mannerisms prevent him from being an outsider in the sense of a detective. This incompatibility toward either group forces Wimsey into his own, separate category of which fits neither a detective nor a civilian. Wimsey is tied to his case through emotions. He is not based purely in logic and reason as is the prototypical detective. Because of his

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