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Typical detective Stories. Elements. Hero: Main character/eccentric detective, who often prefers privacy and wants to separate self from rest of human race. Structure: Many begin stories with impact of crime, then work backwards to reconstruct crime. Crime of choice: Murder

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Elements
Elements

  • Hero: Main character/eccentric detective, who often prefers privacy and wants to separate self from rest of human race.

  • Structure: Many begin stories with impact of crime, then work backwards to reconstruct crime.

  • Crime of choice: Murder

  • Fair Play: Reader must have all clues the detective has

  • Conclusion: Explanation/Unsolved problems answered. Presence of “Community” of characters


Origin
Origin

  • First Detective Story: “Murders in Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Set standards for all future detective fiction writers


Sir conan doyle 1859 1930
Sir conandoyle (1859-1930)

  • Medical Doctor

  • Created world’s best known fictional detective: Sherlock Holmes

  • Character modeled after Dr. Joseph Bell (Doyle’s professor of surgery at Edinburgh University) Doyle was impressed with his snap diagnosis or an unexpected conclusion based on logical “detection”


Sherlock holmes
Sherlock holmes

  • Created late 1880’s

  • One of most famous literary characters of all time (Doyle made him so real)

  • Science methodology: One of Victorian Era’s characteristics

  • Holmes: Master of applying scientific methodology to solving criminal cases


Sherlock holmes s stories
Sherlock Holmes’s Stories

  • 60 written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Took place between 1874-1914 (40 years)

  • Maturation of Sherlock Holmes


As you read think about
As you read think about…..

  • What is it about the character of Sherlock Holmes that makes him so enduring?

  • How does “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” fall into the category of a detective story?


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