Comparing The Adventure Of The Speckled Band By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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“The Adventure of the Speckled Band” Essay
“The Adventure of the Speckled Band” is a detective story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle’s story is influenced by the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, who is the creator of detective stories. On account of Poe’s influence, there are many apparent similarities between the two authors' stories including “The Purloined Letter,” and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” and “The Adventure of the Speckled Band.” Some examples of similarities in the stories include foil characters, similar character traits in the detectives, and locked room mysteries.
Foil Characters are a pair of characters used together to emphasize the characteristics of one. This duo is seen in both Poe and Doyle’s writing. In “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” the character used to emphasize the other is the narrator. Dupin is seen as extremely intelligent while …show more content…

Dupin could be described as a detective who is intelligent and works for his enjoyment rather than the money. While these are the character traits of Dupin, these are also traits that could be used to describe Doyle’s character “Sherlock Holmes.” Both Dupin and Holmes have a unique way of going about cases. In “The Murders of the Rue Morgue,” before Dupin annouces that he has solved the case, he puts an add in the paper. The paper states, “ Found–In the park. Early this morning. A very large brown orang-outang ape. The sailor who lost him may have him back. Call at No. —----------, Rue —----- this evening after five.” This was Dupins way of checking his theory and making sure he is correct before revealing the information to others. This was a method that Holmes used as well. In “The Adventure of the Rue Morgue,” Helen questions Holmes on what he has become aware of so far. Holmes then responds with, “I should prefer to have clearer proofs before I speak.” This reveals the effect Dupin has on Holmes by testing his thesis before sharing

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