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Transcript of Sherlock Holmes
Who is Sherlock Holmes?
Holmes and Watson
The Mystery Story Genre
The Sherlock Holmes stories gained enormous popularity when they were published in Strand Magazine. Doyle tried to kill off the Holmes character in the story "The Final Problem" to pursue other stories.
The Sherlock Holmes Stories
Sherlock Holmes was first introduced to the world, in 1887 in an adventure entitled A Study in Scarlet.
"It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment."
Sherlock Holmes Quote
-A Study in Scarlet
In order to solve crimes, Holmes uses deductive reasoning which is analyzing the evidence and drawing conclusions from it.
While Holmes is the main focus of Doyle's stories, they would not be the same without Watson. Watson serves as the narrator, asks questions that the reader might have and balances the harsh characteristics that Holmes has.
The plot of a mystery story centers around the conflict, normally between the detective and the criminal. It is resolved when the mystery is solved.
What is a mystery story?
It is a fictional tale about a crime or unexplained event. A character in the story uses clues to solve the mystery.
Edgar Allan Poe was the first to publish a modern detective story with "The Murders of the Rue Morgue." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, once wrote, “Where was the detective story before Poe breathed the breath of life into it?” He considered Poe the father of the detective genre. - poemuseum.org
Poe and The Mystery Story
The Sherlock Holmes Stories
There was such a huge demand by Doyle's fans for more Holmes stories that Doyle wrote "The Hound of the Baskervilles" in 1902 and continued writing many other Holmes tales.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle began his career as a doctor, but his lack of success led him to begin writing. Throughout his life he wrote four novels and fifty-six stories about the character Sherlock Holmes.
Today, there are countless adaptations of the Holmes' stories from movies to TV shows, cartoons to video games. He is such a strong part of culture that many people write letters to 221B Baker St., Holmes and Waton's fictional address in London, hoping to get a response.
The Sherlock Holmes' Legacy