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Sherlock Holmes While Any Character

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While all stories can be adapted and changed, with stories in the public domain being the most attractive choice, Holmes' death and resurrection make his character special because they serve to retcon (from retroactive continuity) his fictional narrative, a process that cannot be undone. Once Conan Doyle decided that earlier features of Holmes' story were open to interpretation and mutation, it meant that going forward, almost any feature of Holmes' story could be shifted and reinterpreted. The practice of retroactively altering fictional continuities is common to pulp and serialized stories, and Conan Doyle's detective stories were no different in this regard. This will help explain the natural synergy that arises between the character of Sherlock Holmes and comic books, because Holmes' own magical resurrection and mutable continuity is directly in line with the editorial and narrative practices that would arise within the American comic books of the 20th century.

By bringing Holmes back to life, Conan Doyle effectively made him invincible, because if one death can be retconned, then any death can be retconned. As a result, Holmes was essentially given the ability to transcend his own place and time, because if his story has the space in which he…… [Read More]

Barr, Mike. "The Doomsday Book." Detective Comics 1987: Print.

Coppa, Francesca. "Sherlock as Cyborg: Bridging Mind and Body." Sherlock and Transmedia
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Scarlet at the Time it

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Sherlock Holmes is presently associated with a deerstalker hat, a pipe and a magnifying glass, but few people know that the first description of the character has nothing to do with these items (with the exception of the magnifying glass, which he rarely used in "A Study in Scarlet"). Every popular character, regardless of its importance, is bound to change in appearance over a period of years. This is probably due to the intervention of various factors, such as the public's opinion and trends changing along with the passing of time. The general image of Sherlock Holmes has been gradually influenced by various depictions of the character, as each depiction has provided material for the one after it.

Doyle lived to see his novel adapted to be put in plays and to be transformed into film scripts. The character is part of a great number of books, motion pictures, and articles which have been performed over the course of time. Almost everyone is aware of "who" Sherlock Holmes is, regardless of one's age, gender, or nationality. Holmes is involved in dramas, comedies, and even in cartoons.

In spite of its rather mediocre success, "A Study in Scarlet" is one of…… [Read More]

1. Browning, Gary & Eliason, Eric a. "Crypto-mormons or Pseudo-mormons?," Western Folklore 61.2 (2002)

2. Childers, Joseph W. "Recent Studies in the Nineteenth Century," Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900-38.4 (1998).
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Neo-Confucianism Is a Philosophy Which Was Born TEST1

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Toulmin Model and Sherlock Holmes

The Toulmin Model of argumentation asserts that a good argument consists of six parts which intend to develop a practical argument. The first element is the "claim," or the conclusion that the argument must establish. The next part is the "data," or the facts and evidence collected and used to confirm the argument. In order to support the data, general, hypothetical, or logical statements are used, these are called "warrants." A good argument should limit itself to what can be proven and so it requires "qualifiers" which restrict the argument to a point where it can be supported by facts. In order to support the warrants made during the argument, sometimes "backing statements" are used to add credence to the statements made during the argument. These backing statements may not directly support the claim, but should always support the supporting warrants. Finally, since there are always counterarguments to be made against the claim, "rebuttals" are a way to incorporate circumstances when the general argument is not applicable.

This particular model of argumentation can be applied to a number of situations, including the traditional "mystery" story like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "A Scandal in Bohemia." This…… [Read More]

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Ethos Logos and Pathos Rhetorical

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The almost un-human personalities of the two men both endear and detach them from the readers, maintaining a certain level of respect and awe while at the same time believing that like the readers, they are just human beings who have their own weaknesses (Dupin his poverty, Holmes his addiction to cocaine).

Apart from ethos, part of Dupin and Holmes' rhetoric in solving their mysteries was a discussion of the theories they formulated and applied in the course of investigating the case. Logos was apparent in the detectives' use of deduction, logical thinking, and the scientific method in looking for clues and solving the mystery presented to them. Their usage of stereotyping and pattern formation as their techniques for clue generation were the closest examples and illustrations of the concepts of deduction, logical thinking, and scientific method in Poe and Doyle's stories.

Dupin's solution to the murders at the Rue Morgue was based on a stereotype and pattern found in the facts available about the case. Pattern formation was apparent in his analysis of the witnesses' accounts of the events before, during, and after the murder. His discovery that each witness's testimony reflected the fact that "[e]ach likens it (the…… [Read More]

Doyle, S.A.C. (1986). Sherlock Holmes: the complete novels and stories Vol. 1. NY: Bantam Books.

Poe, E.A. (1964). Great tales of horror. NY: Bantam Books.
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Sherlock Homes Who Is Sherlock

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Watson can entirely explain, causes the reader to return again and again to the tales.

Detective stories may seem to be about plot more than any other work of genre fiction, but given the popularity of detective series, perhaps this is an error -- character, more than revelation might be the real reason readers return again and again to read about Holmes in action. By seeing Holmes deduce and explain the strangeness of something like "The Red-Headed League" or try to chase after Professor Moriarty, the reader seeks tantalizing clues about why Holmes is so driven, with a single-minded intensity, to solve crime, rather than to establish friendships, seek out love, or experience any other of the pleasures that complicate most of our lives.

Arthur Conan Doyle, more so than the strangeness of his plot, thus created one of the greatest and most iconic characters of all time in Sherlock Holmes. But beyond this flashy and showy creation of coldness and passion for intellectual stimulation, love of art and self-sacrifice for justice, even to the point of death at Reichenbach Falls, Doyle also created a mode of narration and character in the form of Dr. Watson that was as equally…… [Read More]

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Sherlock Holmes and Philip Marlowe the Wrong

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Sherlock Holmes and Philip Marlowe

The Wrong Pigeon is taken from Chandlers story the Matita One and its story is elf evident through the name. Obviously about the syndicate going after the wrong man who is symbolically represented in slang with the word 'pigeon'. It is a carefully crafted tale that evokes the ambiance of Chandler's tales.

Two of the most fascinating detectives that have been penned are Sherlock Holmes and Philip Marlowe. One can't help but be impressed by the characteristics that are unique go both men and sigh over their dynamic feats. Created by Arthur Conan Doyle and Raymond Chandler respectively these two have caught the imaginations of most of the readers that followed their feats. Yet, the two could not be more different.

Holmes portrayed as a tall and lanky character that is addicted to cocaine and solves mysteries without actual effort. The mannerism he has and the tone of voice he adopts is aloof and yet, gentlemanly. Conan Doyle creates a scenario where people come to Holmes with their troubles but the latter never gets personally involved with them. Rather, because he is working with Dr. Watson, we find the Doctor acting as a human buffer…… [Read More]

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Creation of a Lesson Plan

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lesson plan, which deals with aspects like value of play activities and developmental implementations in a chosen teacher-directed classroom task. Tailoring of lessons to meet individual student's needs in keeping with developmentally-suitable practices will also be addressed.

Grade Level: 5th

Art, Language Arts, Science


Activity Name: Word Play Fun/Teacher-Directed

Learning Domain/Educational Standards

Grade 5:

110.15.b English Language Arts & Reading Knowledge & Skills (Word Play Fun ... Not Your Ordinary Literary Masterpiece, n.d.)

Comprehension/Reading of Sensory Language/Literary Text.

Students grasp, arrive at conclusions, and make deductions regarding the way in which sensory language of an author constructs imagery in texts by offering textual evidence to substantiate understanding. They are required to recognize the application of metaphors and similes, by the author, for creating imagery.

Writing/Writing Process.

Students make use of writing elements (conception, outlining, revision, proofreading, and publishing) for composing text.

16) Writing/Literary Texts.

Students compose literary texts for conveying their thoughts and notions regarding real or hypothetical ideas, persons, and phenomena.

Ethical Issues Addressed There are no ethical facets that require addressing in this activity (Word Play Fun ... Not Your Ordinary Literary Masterpiece, n.d.)


Pupils take turns in collective reading of chapters on an everyday basis,…… [Read More]

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J M Berrie's Peter Pan --

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It is Dudgeon's hypothesis through this bizarre methodology that the author Barrie and Kicky actually met and somehow Kicky demonstrated his power of psychic perception to Berrie, which of course fascinates Berrie. After becoming very interested in Kicky's powers Berrie than attempts to emulate those powers and in doing so gives Dudgeon's book its own mysterious glow (Haslin).

Once Berrie has become acquainted with the boys he becomes, according to Dudgeon's book, "Uncle Jim" to them. Soon Berrie (AKA Uncle Jim) succeeds in alienating the lovely Sylvia from her husband, and takes "borderline-pornographic photographs of her sons," and proceeds with his own apparently diabolic methodology to "immortalize" the boys as "delightful fictitious characters" (Haslin). Worse yet, and this goes well beyond the assumptions in the movie starring Johnny Depp, Berrie "forges a draft of Sylvia's will" in order to take possession of the boys and raise them the way he wants to raise them.

The book was not available for this paper, but Haslin explains that author Dudgeon "Blends scholarship, name-dropping and scandal-seeking heavy breathing"; moreover, Haslin continues, Dudgeon is "eager to point out that this is something spookier than celebrity pedophilia."

The implications and insinuations that author Dudgeon brings…… [Read More]

Barrie, James Matthew, and Unwin, Nora Spicer (editor). Peter Pan. New York: Scribner, 1950.

Beerbohm, Max. "The Child Barrie." The Saturday Review, London. 99.2567 (1905): 13-14.
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Portrait of a Killer Jack

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On one hand he was portrayed by the Cornwell was the killer of the prostitutes while on the other Sickert was a staunch defender of the sanctity of marriage and reportedly even fired one of his most important dealers for dumping his wife of 25 years for a younger woman. Sickert's wife even gave evidence that the last thee killings by the Ripper were committed in London in a time when Walter had gone to France while Cornwell did not agree. Alibis have important place in criminal investigation cases. Similarly, eye witnesses also have their importance. The eye witnesses in case of Jack the Ripper gave a different description of the killer as compared to the appearance of Sickert while Cornwell dismissed such accounts with the point-of-view that he must have created a different appearance using different materials like dark grease paint, hair dye etc.

In most criminal investigations the solid case is built on real evidences rather than loose connections or vague psychoanalysis. Cornwell did delve into criminal investigation and incriminated Sickert in the case of Jack the Ripper however, her methods and tactics were different from the ones used in real life investigations by the detectives.


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Jack the Ripper, the Dialectic of Enlightenment and the Search for Spiritual Deliverance in White Chappell Scarlet Tracings. Contributors: Alex Murray - author. Journal Title: Critical Survey. Volume: 16. Issue: 1. Publication Year: 2004. Page Number: 52+.

Nickell, J. (March-April, 2003). The strange case of Pat the Ripper - Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell - book review. Available at
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Mormon Church in the Spring

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In 1846, Young led the church to the Great Salt Lake in Utah, where they established Salt Lake City, yet tensions continued between the settlers and the Federal Government (Church Pp). The Edmunds Act of 1882 countered the Mormon's practice of polygamy, a practice that had prevented Utah being recognized as a state (Church Pp). In 1890 a revelation from God changed church beliefs and practices when the fourth Church president, Wilford Woodruff, issued the Great Accommodation, which basically banned plural marriages and in 1896, Utah became a state (Church Pp).

During the 20th century, the Church maintained a dominant role in Utah and as of mid-2001, the Governor and all Federal senators, representatives and members of the Supreme Court are all Mormon (Church Pp). During the 1970's the Church received political and economic pressure concerning its institutionalized racism, which prevented males of black ancestry from ordination, thus, the Church received yet a new revelation from God in 1978, which abolished racism within the church, however, black women, as are all women, are still ineligible for ordination (Church Pp).

The Aaronic priesthood, deacons, teachers, and priests, includes every worth male between the ages of 12 and 19, is concerned with…… [Read More]

Works Cited:
The History of the Church.

Church History. 
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Peter Lovesey Novels Mystery Novels Have a

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Peter Lovesey Novels

Mystery novels have a habit of portraying murder as a discrete affair for the middle class. Nowhere is this more apparent than in English mystery novels, as novel writers in England, being a literate caste, usually manage to present the world through tweed-colored spectacles. Peter Lovesey exemplifies this, as his characters always seem to evoke images of tea-sipping old women sharing a well-loved table at their favorite local haunt and recounting stories of life during the blitz. This is a far cry from the real world of murder, which is often one of drunken and drug-crazed rage, teenage street rivalries, or quiet, festering sexual perversion. Lovesey portrays murder in the sleepy doldrums of polite society in which his demographic spends the majority of its civil, conventional life.

Although the context for Lovesey's murders is presented as one that the reader can relate to, Lovesey is adept at writing stories set in bygone periods. On the Edge is set in the postwar England of 1946 where it skillfully portrays the lives of its two heroines. Lovesey convincingly portrays London immediately after the war. He pays careful attention to developing the way in which the two main characters play…… [Read More]

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Detective Stories One Is Represented

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In demonstrating this he shows the audience that he had done a lot of research about all the character's past which led to their present needs. The demonstration of the crime is extremely rational and pieces are put together in a very logical manner "The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes." (Doyle 78)the detective uses all the available resources and he even travels to various locations in order to get the evidence he needs. It is the large amount of information which he manages to gather the main factor which contributes to his success. His spirit of observation and his detached attitude will help him find the solution to the case "It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it." (Doyle 119) Just like the detective from hard boiled fiction, Holmes enjoys the complexity of the case and finds it stimulating "There is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you." (Doyle 132) Another element that they have in common is the awareness that they can not predict nor control the…… [Read More]

Chandler, R. The big sleep (the bets mysteries of all time). Impress mystery. 2002

Sir Doyle, a.C. The hound of the Baskervilles: another adventure of Sherlock Holmes (Classic reprint). Forgotten Books. 2010
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Victorian Female Sexuality Victorian Sexuality George Bernard

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Victorian Female Sexuality

Victorian Sexuality: George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession and Thomas Hardy's "The Ruined Maid"

Women in the Victorian era must have suffered enormously under the massive double standards and the shameful image of a woman who wanted to be on her own. It is clear from examining the literature of the period how much discrimination was placed on women in the era. George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession and Thomas Hardy's "The Ruined Maid" show the intense sexual and gender discrimination that women in the Victorian era had to endure and the extreme consequences that were reserved for them upon breaking such strict traditions on sexuality and love relationships; however, George Bernard Shaw does allow for a greater sense of freedom for his female characters as his work was written much later at the tail end of the Victorian era, as long as they avoid the contact of men altogether and live an autonomous life unwed and out of love.

Both George Bernard Shaw's play and Thomas Hardy's poem show the extreme prejudice that women had to endure while living within Victorian society. There was a huge double standard, which allowed the men to enjoy a relative…… [Read More]

Hardy, Thomas. "The Ruined Maid." All Poetry. 1866. Web.

Shaw Festival. Mrs. Warren's Profession: Connections Shaw Festival Study Guide. 2008. Web.
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Narrative Writing This Type of Writing Makes

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Narrative writing

This type of writing makes the readers actually feel, see and hear what has been felt, seen and heard by the writer. This writing could describe anything such as a person, place or any other entity. The main purpose of the writer is to reveal its subject by careful selection of details. It is often seen that description involves a single personality or entity and how it changed its surroundings through its own actions or by other's actions on itself. The main aim is often to put the reader on the place of subject entity so that the reader could see the world from its perspective.

It is commonly seen that biographies and autobiographies involve the usage of descriptive/narrative writing by the authors. Many tend to give the world their own point-of-view on how they see the world so that the masses might agree with them in their decision-making, others just provide a true account of the actual events and leave the decision-making on the reader itself.

Let's see an example of Descriptive writing. In an essay titled My First Guitar, the writer tells the reader about the experiences it had with its first guitar. He tells the…… [Read More]