The Writing Style Of Sherlock Holmes In The 19th Century

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Another reason for appreciating Conan Doyle’s writing was the substancial increase in the number of educated people in the Victorian time which provoked the increasing number of potential readers. Doyle`s writing style was not complicated, his preference to avoid difficult language appealed to different types of readers of the 19th century. As it was mentioned before, the middle of the nineteenth century was the beginning of educational reform movement which culminated with the 1870 Elementary Education Act (Hewitt 496). It was very important that the basic reading skills were enough to read Doyle’s books, and there was no need for specific knowledge. The stories of Sherlock Holmes were shorter than books of the other writers of that time, and did not require plenty of time for reading. In fact, it was a tendency for the writers of the nineteenth century to create books consisting of several volumes and hundreds of pages (Luebering 81). People who were able to read just for entertainment in most cases belonged to the particular parts of society, such as members of the upper…show more content…
Conan Doyle created one that was very realistic and appealing to the reader`s mind in that period of time. Policemen are shown as silly and useless creatures in the stories, unable to solve even a basic crime, in comparison with brilliant Sherlock Holmes, who always detect a criminal. The Doyle`s character of the head of Scotland Yard, Inspector Lestrade, and other policemen agreed with London citizens’ attitude to their work perfomance in the middle of the nineteenth century. Their work was useless and ineffective, which resulted in various anecdotes and jokes about “valiant” English police. Victorian London was one of the biggest criminal centres in the world, and while the number of criminals was growing substantially, London police was not able to cope with an increasing crime rate (Andersson
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