Compare And Contrast The Sign Of Four And The Beach Of Falesa

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A Literary Comparison The Victorian period can be described as one of imperial expansion abroad and social upheaval at home. Evidently, millions left Britain’s shores either as ambitious merchants, ruthless warriors, or peaceful settlers consumed by desire to attain a safe haven. In this particular assignment, our primary focus will be directed towards the representation of different colonial territories in Conan Doyle’s The Sign of Four and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Beach of Falesa. According to prominent social thinkers such as John Ruskin, British Victorian respectability is plainly reflected in the amount of security guaranteed by comfortable homes. Ruskin asserted that a home was not a commodity or a necessity but rather a sanctuary from the outside world’s violence and discord. The theme of ‘home’ then is inseparable from our fascinating detective fiction. The fact that we are taken on a tour of London’s intriguing interiors including Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson’s bachelor apartment at 221B Baker Street is the most compelling evidence of my argument. In addition, this potential laid the groundwork for the novel to be characterized as a domestic one. However, the ideological facade maintained by Ruskin and his peers could not bury the naked…show more content…
Although Doyle's The Sign of Four admires the peculiar aspects of Indian cultures, it upholds England's authority without questioning its legitimacy as reflected in Small's description of the Mutiny which unjustifiably associates India with barbarism. Stevenson's The Beach of Falesa, on the other hand, adamantly emphasizes the moral depravity of the white perpetrators. Both of these tales have undoubtedly broadened the imaginative horizons of British readers and their analyses have broadened mine so I am extremely thankful for the knowledge I acquired through this

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