Topics: Sherlock Holmes, Drug addiction, Victorian era Pages: 2 (654 words) Published: January 14, 2013
Contrast between hero and non-hero in Sherlock Holmes
The first released Sherlock Holmes stories were published in 1887, by Sir Aurthor Conan Doyle, during the Victorian era. In this time frame, Doyle developed the famous character Sherlock Holmes for solving the unsolvable mysteries, and representing a heroic hero in many different aspects. With this however, his positive qualities, follow many negative ones revealing his anti-heroic side.

In many Conan Doyle's short stories, its clear to the reader, Sherlock Holmes is like no other, thus creating the real mystery in trying to unravel Mr.Sherlock Holmes personality. Conan demonstrates that Holmes thinks he is above the law, in the quote, "Well it is not for me to judge you (John Turner)" said Holmes the old man signed the statement which had been drawn out. "I pray that we have never be exposed to such a temptation" This shows that with this kind of power over his clients, readers would be drawn away but as well interested in his actions. With undertaking the job as a judge and jury to the outlaw he captures. In the Victorian peroid the police force were not highly thought of, thus influencing Sherlock Holmes social standing to feel superior. Holmes character allowed Doyle to express to the readers that Holmes is correct in his boldness because he assists people and also he finds the solution to the cases in which are to hard to solve, even the police were unable to decipher.

Highlighting Holmes heroism, Conan Doyle reveals in his stories that Sherlock Holmes is using a highly addictive drug known as cocaine. Unable to control this addiction , Holmes decreases his heroic side to his readers, demonstarted in this quote: "My own complete happiness, and the home-centred interests which rise up around the man who first finds himself master of his own establishment, were sufficient to absorb all my attention, while Holmes, who loathed every form of society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings...
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