The Characters Of Nancy Drew And Sherlock Holmes

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A naive, attractive girl of eighteen and a lean, unpredictable man both find their calling in unearthing the unknown. You would think that a female detective in 1940s America and a male detective living in Victorian England would be entirely dissimilar. However, the distinctions of Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes evince the fact that there are qualities similar in logically minded characters that truly label them as a “great detective.” The patterns that exist between a character’s social life, detective experience, and complex character development lead to specific traits being formed that couple as qualities that make them a unique, engaging detective character. Learning these patterns and applying them to any aspiring sleuth’s life will help one become a professional detective. First of all, the contrasting social backgrounds of Holmes and Nancy reveal how individual detectives have a different technique when dealing with people. Firstly, Nancy Drew in her first mystery, The Secret of the Old Clock, is involved in a case that centers around the possible second second will of Josiah Crowley, relative of the bratty sisters Ada and Isabel Tophams. In fact, eighteen year old Nancy Drew had a history with the two spoiled sisters. The young high school graduate’s social life was simpregnable, for she was very popular in and out of school and made lots of friends. Thus, Ada and Isabel were jealous of her popularity, and tried to discredit her positions. However, Nancy’s loyal
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