In the story, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, one of the most important characters, Sherlock Holmes, solved the mysterious case of Julia Stoner’s death. This all took place in April of 1883at the Roylott estate of Stoke Moran. He would have not succeeded without the aid of Dr. Watson, Holmes partner in crime and Helen Stoner, the twin sister of Julia. The investigation began when Helen visited Holmes to unravel the unexpected death of Julia Stoner, which had occurred close to her wedding day. Helen feared odd phases have been happening to her, now that she is engaged. Referring to these suspicious thoughts, eyes are on Dr. Roylott, the stepfather of the two twins.
In the story “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” the author Conan Doyle portrays many different narrative techniques. He uses these techniques to provide meaning for the audience as well as help them visualize the situation that was being described. The different techniques used are narrative discourse, suspense, conflict, close, and focalization in his story. Narrative discourses are events, to describe a series of events that are contingent one on another. Typically focuses on one or more performers of actions. Personal experience can influence narrative discourse due to the explaining of significant events in the life of the narrator. Narrative discourse is made up of exposition/ setting, developing conflict, climax, final suspense, and conclusion. The narrative discourse is being portrait in the story by Sherlock trying to find the mystery. Helen Stoner goes to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for help on figuring out the mystery of her sister’s death, and they both investigate. It all begins with the renovation that was done to the room. Holmes arrived to Dr. Grimesby Roylott’s home in order to investigate the noise that his daughter seemed to be hearing from the bedroom that the sister was killed in. Holmes describes the room “very strange” he found the ventilator open into another room as well as the bell-rope. The ventilator was the small opening between two rooms as well as the bed was fastened to the floor. “A ventilator is made, a cord is hung, and a lady who
A good murder mystery is made of success by having certain qualities. We can examine these qualities by the methods used by Edger Allen Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that maintains the interests of the reader in the murder mysteries, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Speckled Band. One quality is the narrator of the story. The narrators tell the story in their points of view. Another quality is the detective themselves. The different detecting skills. An additional quality is who the detective was helping (the client), the characters, where the murders took place and who committed the murder. Poe’s story introduces a new genre of short fiction to American literature along with brain teasers story line. In Doyle’s story, is an interesting
Sherlock Holmes used his observance to come to the conclusion that occurred at the end of “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” transcribed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In April 1883, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson experienced an encounter with Helen Stoner; Helen requested that Sherlock and Watson look into the case of her sister’s death. Holmes and Watson were recommended by a mutual friend of Helen’s. Helen Stoner and Dr. Roylott lived in Stoke Moran. Dr. Roylott, Helen’s stepfather, was an aggressive man. After Helen Stoner’s mother had perished, Dr. Roylott was left with her will until each girl got married. When married each girl would get one third of the money. Helen’s sister, Julia, had
How Arthur Conan Doyle Creates an Atmosphere of Mystery and Builds Suspense in The Speckled Band
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Adventure of the Speckled Band” is the average Sherlock Holmes story. The protagonists- Sherlock Holmes and Dr.Watson – take on a seemingly mystical case offered to them by Helen Stoner- sister of the late Julia. Helen fears that Dr.Roylott – her abusive step-father- was responsible for Julia’s death and was targeting Helen next. Helen traveled personally to Sherlock’s residence to present the case to Sherlock. In this story, the case happened in 1883’s Stoke Moran, England. After Helen narrated Julia’s demise, Sherlock’s brilliant mind started its deductive work. What is the “speckled band”- the phrase that Julia cried out right before her demise? Who is responsible for Julia’s death?
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Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 22nd May 1859. He attended Edinburgh University and graduated with a degree in medicine, in 1881. He then practised as a doctor from 1882-1891, but not very successfully. Whilst practising as a doctor, in 1887, he published his first short story featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, “A study in Scarlet”. The Strand magazine, founded in 1890, published a series of Sherlock Holmes stories, this let both the detective and the magazine becoming extremely popular. My essay will be based upon how Doyle creates suspense in the following three short stories; “Silver Blaze”, “The Red-Headed League” and “A Scandal in Bohemia”, and I will be commenting on what impact it may have on the
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle utilizes many/several detail-oriented literary elements to develop the many adventures of the famous fictional British detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner, John Watson. Long winded description and complex vocabulary are infused into Doyle’s writing to accentuate Holmes’s great intelligence. By incorporating such a heavy, educated tone upon the mysteries, the tales of Sherlock Holmes are expressed as very complicated stories that challenge readers in comprehension as well as encourage curiosity through puzzling cases.
As an investigator, Sherlock Holmes was not guilty for the demise of Dr. Roylott. The story, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, when in the room of Helen Stoner, waited for evidence for the cause of Julia Stoner’s death. When both men traveled to the room of Dr. Roylott, they saw that Dr. Roylott was dead, with the speckled band-the deadliest snake in India- wrapped around Dr. Roylott’s head. The cause of Dr.Roylott’s death was not Sherlock Holmes’s accountability. Dr. Roylott had knowledge about animals from India; therefore he should have been able to control the snake. Additionally, Dr. Roylott never ended up dying when trying to kill Julia,
The Adventure of the Speckled Band stars Sherlock Holmes who is a detective who only takes on the most unusual cases, one day a young woman comes to Holmes in need of his help to solve the murder of her twin sister. Holmes is eager and excited to help and begins his investigation upon the discovery of the number one suspect Holmes also finds that this suspect is a doctor. Holmes comes to the conclusion "that doctors make the greatest criminals." This observation by Holmes is something one can completely agree with, for a few examples the first being doctors tend to be intelligent, second doctors are familiar with how the human system works and lastly one should never question the prominent Sherlock Holmes.
The speckled band and the lamb to the slaughter are both a comparison of two short stories from the murder mystery genre. The speckled band was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (in 1892 and was published in the following year). The lamb to the slaughter was written by the famous Roald Dahl (in 1953). Arthur was a Scottish physician and writer, he wrote a series of books featuring Sherlock Holmes and his side-Kick Dr. Watson. The stories were a big hit, the speckled band was also one of his adventurous chronicles. The lamb to the slaughter was a story written for older children and was also, satisfactory. Roald Dahl was an author and an intelligence officer –he was most famous for his great storytelling-His short stories are known for
This story features a man named Timber who is driving in his car driving home to his bungalow. As he approaches the house he steps inside and realizes how one of the lights are on and just thinks to himself that Harry had forgotten to turn them off or even fell asleep before dawning upon it. As he approaches the room, he notices Harry wide awake with the sense of fear in his eyes. Harry calls upon Timber and tells him that a poisonous snake (called a Krait) had crawled on his stomach and underneath the sheet, while he was lying down in his bed. “”A krait! Oh, my God! Where'd it bite you? How long ago?”” (Dahl 1) The Krait represents the fear that Harry and Timber both feel. Timber knows that the snake is poisonous and could kill Harry at any time. Timber later calls the doctor and the doctor arrives shortly after the call. They decide that they need to get the snake off of Harry’s stomach but they don’t know if the snake will bite Harry before they can get it off of him. The doctor decides to give the antivenom to Harry just in case the snake was to bite when they were trying to get it off of him. They decide that they will try and soak the mattress with chloroform to try and make the snake easier for them to remove without harming Harry or themselves. The doctor and Timber finally decide to lift the sheets off of Harry and as they lift the sheets off to their discovery there was nothing near or on Harry at all. As they look around for the snake Timber and the doctor realize that it's not even there. “”'It's not there!' Ganderbai straightened up and for a moment he too looked at the mattress; then he looked up at Harry.”” (Dahl 4). The trait that was supposed to be there can represent the delusion that Harry was thinking there was a poisonous snake that was on his
Sherlock Holmes was guilty of the death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott. A conclusion as such can be reach after reviewing and analyzing “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes agitated the swamp adder, which led to it attacking Dr. Roylott. Moreover, Dr. Roylott had no reason to believe that the snake vary from routine, nor that it would attack him. Even more, at the end of the story while explaining his deductions to Watson, Sherlock Holmes admitted that Dr. Roylott’s death would weigh on his conscious. Physically, Sherlock’s action of whacking the swamp adder is what caused Dr. Roylott’s demise.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle utilizes many detail-oriented literary elements to develop the many adventures of the famous fictional British detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner, John Watson. Long winded description and complex vocabulary are infused into Doyle’s writing to accentuate Holmes’s great intelligence. By incorporating such a heavy, educated tone upon the mysteries, the tales of Sherlock Holmes are expressed as very complicated stories that challenge readers in comprehension as well as encourage curiosity through puzzling cases.