The Speckled Band by Sherlock Holmes Essay

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The Speckled Band by Sherlock Holmes Detective stories first became popular in the Victorian era following the emergence of organized police forces in the 1830's. Fascination with the criminal heros accompanied a corresponding interest in the methodical uncovering of crime. Public hangings were frequent and Victorian people feared crime greatly. This meant that when the detective stories came about they felt the fictional character that cracked every case became the perfect detective i.e. Arthur Conan Doyle's character, Sherlock Holmes. SherlockHolmes was actually an amateur detective not a member of the London plaice force and the Victorians had a deep resentment against the police, as they were…show more content…
Dr Roylott then tried to use an Indian snake to murder Helen Stoner and during the climax the snakes bites Dr Roylott himself. 'The Red-headed league' is about a mysterious organizationwhich Holmes' client, Mr Wilson was working for until it dissolved. Finally this strange league turns out to be simply as cover up to distracting Mr Wilson while the criminals dig a secret passage from his cellar intending to rob gold from the 'City Suburban Bank'. 'The Engineers Thumb' is about a Hydraulic engineer Victor Hatherly who is brought to Watson's surgery with the top part of his thumb missing. Watson cleans up the wound and refers him to Holmes. Here he relates a strange, disjointed tail, which Holmes ends up investigating. The way the arch villain is presented to the reader in 'The Speckled Band' is a stereotypical arch villain. Dr Roylottis the villain in this particular Sherlock Holmes story and he is made to seem frightening, threatening and to not care about anyone. His behavior suggests that he is not afraid of anyone else and that he is in control. We suspect he is a murderer and we see this when referring to the quote ''He became terror in the village''. This quote shows us that he is in control of the village because everyone is
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