Sherlock Homes Comparison Between 2 Villians

Topics: Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, Villain Pages: 3 (948 words) Published: January 24, 2013
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle portrays the villains in the Sherlock Holmes stories with different personalities, characteristics, and intentions. Some are evil, anti-social; others seem to be more unusual. The villains from “The Speckled band” called Dr Roylott and Hugh Boone from “The Man with the Twisted Lip” are both portrayed in different and similar ways. Roylott is described as 'Huge, tall, large faced, with deep set bile shot eyes' and Hugh Boone is described as a “crippled beggar”. In the Speckled band Dr Roylott is shown as a violent, blunt and an aggressive character character instantly suggesting to the reader that he is villainous is able to do more than just being violent. Holmes discovers “five little livid spots, the marks of four fingers upon the white wrist” when his stepdaughter was at his house. This shows that Dr Roylott has dangerous and cannot be trusted. Not only there were marks but they were also livid emphasizing he is violent. However, Hugh Boone is completely opposite to him and is described as a "hideous" and "crippled wretch", which creates an instantaneous aversion of the man for the reader. Particularly in Boone's portrayal, the author uses very effective language and vocabulary to create an image. The reader then gets a clear representation in their head of this ghastly beggar, alongside the description of the den, gives the sense that he is innocent. The two villains contrast in each other as one is a stereotypical villain and the other is more naive. Both villains are portrayed as clever people who have mysterious plans. Holmes inspects the room next to Dr Roylott and after the mystery is solved they realised that he had trained the snake and he carried out his plan that it was almost impossible to solve showing that he is clever to cover his track, prepared by placing a dummy rope and a ventilator. Also the bed “was clamped to the...
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