Choose three of the short mystery stories we have studied. In the three you have chosen write about how successful the authors have been in describing the creation of atmosphere, memorable characters and vivid settings.
We have been studying four mystery stories, written before 1900. ‘The Beryl Coronet’ ‘The Adventure of the Engineers Thumb’ ‘The Speckled Band’ All written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. ‘The Monkeys Paw’ written by W.W.Jacob’s. Three of the stories feature Sherlock Holmes, the famous Victorian detective solving the case. I have chosen to write about ‘The Monkeys Paw’ ‘The Speckled Band’ and ‘The Adventure of the Engineers Thumb’. All three stories feature memorable uses of atmosphere, characters and setting.
The characters play an important part in the mystery stories of setting the mood. In ‘The Speckled Band’ and ‘The Adventure of the Engineers Thumb’ the villain’s and victims are very obvious. In ‘The Speckled Band’ the villain is Dr Grimesby Roylott who is step father to Helen Stoner and her late twin sister Julia Stoner. When Helen Stoner first went to meet Sherlock Holmes she told Holmes about her stepfather Dr Gimesby Roylott. Since the death of the twins mum Dr Grimesby Roylott had changed from an outgoing man who like to exchange visits with neighbours into a man that locked him self in his house and only came out to argue with people. Dr Grimesby Roylott was a violent and angry man ‘He is a man of immense strength, and absolutely uncontrollable in his anger’ Holmes can see this by the marks on Helen Stoners wrist where Dr Grimsby Roylott had grabbed hold of her wrist very tightly. When he was practising in India he killed a man ‘In a fit of anger, however, cause by some robberies which had been perpetrated in the house, he beat his native butler to death, and narrowly escaped a capital sentence’ Dr Grimsby Roylott is capable of killing someone and he would do it again if there was a good enough reason, a reason maybe like...
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