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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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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

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

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


Origin

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

  • Set standards for all future detective fiction writers


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

  • 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

  • 60 written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Took place between 1874-1914 (40 years)

  • Maturation of Sherlock Holmes


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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