The Typical Detective Genre Portrayed in Sherlock Holmes' Literature

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The Typical Detective Genre Portrayed in Sherlock Holmes' Literature The late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a phenomenally successful writer, not only in the Victorian era but is still popular today; his Sherlock Homes stories were perhaps his most successful, in which he combines realistic situations of murders and scandals with the improbable situation of such a successful detective. Victorian London was an exceptionally dangerous place to live. Prostitution, opium dens and murders were inescapable. A women's role within the household was very much dependent on her class and her husband, purely due to the fact was that herr husband was the breadwinner. They were to stay at home; sex was supposedly purely for reproduction.…show more content…
His initial thought of his deception lasting until his debts were cleared was taken over by greed. "As I grew richer I grew more ambitious, took a house in the country, and eventually married, with out anyone having a suspicion as to my real occupation". St Clair was obviously oblivious to the fact that people were suspicious of him. This occurs often in detective stories to add drama and surprise to the ending. He considered his begging to be an "occupation" Surely he did not deem this to be a stable and satisfying career for some one of his status. The story of this swindler is ironic as in order to keep his high status, he had to come down to such a low status that people pitied him. Is Neville St Claire responsible for his actions or was the true crime committed by society for showing the fraudster empathy? The Victorian society should be criticised for judging people, but surely detective stories thrive on judgement and first impressions. The class system in Victorian times was very much divided. People did not tend to mix socially indifferent classes. The Working class was very much the factory workers and labourers, who often lived in horrendous conditions in slums. Irene Adler from "A Scandal in Bohemia" was secretly seeing the king but because of her low position in the social order and the fickle personality of the king, they were forced to break up. Holmes proves

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