He rarely, if ever, contributes to the solution, content to simply listen to Holmes explain everything. Early in “The Adventure of the Dancing Men,” Holmes displays his mastery of the art of deduction to Watson, and obviously is glad to show off. Watson describes Holmes’s lecture as being said “with the air of a professor lecturing his class”; Holmes explains the “absurdly simple” chain as if he is imparting a great knowledge upon those whose intellects could not possibly match his own. Holmes’s very next action is to present Watson with a note he knows the doctor will not be able to decode. In another story, Watson himself remarks on Holmes’s attitude towards other people.
His temperature was 104°. Doctors came and went and Deborah left him sleeping, but when she returned, Clive had disappeared. Over the next few hours Deborah rang hospitals and police stations across London. Clive eventually turned up. He had gone out fully dressed with his overcoat and a copy of The Times under his arm, hailed a cab and forgotten where he was going and forgotten where he lived.
Essay: Comparing Setting, detectives, suspects and stories Intro: The two stories I will be contrasting and comparing in my essay are called ‘The man with the twisted lip ‘by Conan Doyle and ‘The case of the dubious daddy’ by McCall Smith. The Man with the twisted lip fits the detective genres because as this story develops and unfolds the truth, new characters are introduced e.g. Boone which is linked to some way to the mystery. Also because the Author drops clues that might help the reader unravel the truth. In The story of ‘The case of the dubious daddy’ fits the detective genre because the main characters in it have reasons and intensions which are revealed through dialogue.
Gatiss adapts these themes via his modernisation of the setting and his modifications of the lead character - Sherlock Holmes; these alterations to the original are what help generate the blood curdling fear we, as 21st century viewers, still endure whilst viewing this adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Firstly, a major adaptation within Gatiss’ version of the Hound of the Baskervilles, is that the lead character, Sherlock Holmes, features throughout the entire episode. This is contrasting to how Holmes would be perceived by readers of the novel as the story is told through the eyes of Dr. Watson : ‘Holmes was sitting with his back to me’, portraying that the adaptation of the novel has taken a completely different insight for the narrative of the series. The reason for Holmes featuring in the episode is merely to maintain the interest of the viewers, as in the series Holmes (as Benedict Cumberbatch), comes across as quite a sarcastically humorous character. Moreover, this amusing side to Holmes is another adaptation which adds to our interpretation of the original as it modernises his characteristics, incorporating the daily use of sarcasm
The inner dialog Nick lends to the story is an important key to keeping the story honest, lending important insight into Gatsby’s history and easing the process for better understanding the characters in the book, however this element was lost with the films. In the Book, “The Great Gatsby” Nick Carraway’s inner dialog strings together the feelings and actions of the people around him. This helps to add depth to the story and aids the reader in better comprehending the complex behaviors and relationships of the surrounding characters from the perspective of a neutral and truthful observer. The main insights specified in the book are given no mention in the 1974 or 2013 movies. The audience never actually acquires the sense that they are in Nick’s mind making it difficult for the viewer to understand the intricacy of Daisy and Gatsby’s connection had the book not been read by the viewer beforehand.
Drake R. Lewerenz Professor Seals ENG 102-B003 5 October 2012 What a Private Eye Can Miss The short detective story, “Red Wind,” by Raymond Chandler, follows Philip Marlowe as he unravels a murder he witnessed in a bar. This famous literary detective meets a string of characters that are as connected as pearls in a necklace, however they may be more connected than meets the private eye. Chandler uses his character’s actions, observations, and impressions of each other to avoid stating their romantic connections to one another. The first character that is introduced using this platonic principle is Waldo, later known as Joseph Coates. It is made clear that he was a chauffeur for Lola Barsaly that was fired by her husband, Frank Barsaly, upon his return from a business trip, as well as a thief when it is revealed that he stole Lola’s pearl necklace, given to her by her lost love, Stan Philips.
Happy, sad, cross and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk.” Mark Haddon uses first person to show Christopher’s view on life in a personal manner. The quote shows how Christopher sees himself as a young man who is extremely transparent in his moods and meanings and never lies. The quote also exemplifies Christopher’s inability to understand a wide range of expressions. Another quote that displays Christopher’s unique perspective is seen in the quote “Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away.
This style of narration was extremely entertaining and at times took on the feeling of a detective interviewing his suspects. Santiago Nasars’ murder being explained within the first few pages of the book initially came off as odd. However, as the narrative progressed, prior knowledge about the details of the homicide injected questions into my mind which were unorthodox to the average murder mystery. Instead of forcing readers to ponder the typical murder novel questions; “Who’s the murderer?”, “Did he/she have an accomplice?”, “How did the homicide take place?”, Chronicle of a Death Foretold states the aggressors, their weapons, and their actions leading up to the homicide, right off the bat. One might have called it a wrap after already discovering the details that make up a typical murder mystery within the first two chapters, but as the book progressed, one question that dug deeper than the plot of a normal homicide and kept my eyes peeled began to arise.
On the death of his father Matthew learns that he has inherited a house in Clerkenwell, a section of central London. As the novel opens we see Matthew deciding to occupy the Clerkenwell house. On moving in, however, he begins to disintegrate psychologically as he slowly learns the awful and unbelievable secret of his paternity. Interwoven with this modern story, in alternate chapters, is the fictionalized narrative of Dr. John Dee, who lived from 1527 to 1608, polymath, mathematician, astrologer to Queen Elizabeth, and a professed Hermetic scholar. We encounter Dee at the approximate age of 40, sometime between 1566 and 1570.
"A Ghost Story" Mark Twain's short story, simply entitled “A Ghost Story” begins as what seems to be a traditional tale of paranormal occurrences, but soon takes a humorous turn. Twain draws the reader in with descriptions of ghostly characters visiting him in his solitude while he his staying in a room on the top floor of a deserted old building. He seems to feel that he is losing his mind, but soon the creature causing all of the ruckus makes himself known. He is the ghost of a man of gigantic stature whose body lies in the museum across the street. He explains that he has been haunting the inn across the street since no one visits the museum at midnight, trying to get someone to give his body a proper burial so he can be at peace.The protagonist quickly laughs at him, and explains that the remains across the street are simply a plaster cast, and the real remains are in Albany.