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Sherlock Holmes Grew as a Detective
Sherlock Holmes Grew as a Detective
The American people are fascinated by solving crimes like murder. There are so many TV shows that give people a chance to watch crimes be solved. Just to name a few there are CSI Miami, CSI New York and Criminal Minds. There is also the Mentalist. Even before TV people would read crime books for entertainment. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes grew as a detective in the “Musgrave Ritual” by putting himself in other people’s shoes and putting the case together piece by piece. I know that Sherlock Holmes grew as a detective because I have looked over the story and read the story enough to come to this conclusion.
One way I think that Sherlock Holmes grew as a detective is in the story, The Musgrave Ritual, is because Sherlock Holmes gained a lot of experience as a detective by putting himself in other people’s shoes. Sherlock said, “Why should this servant be so anxious to master the old formula? Evidently because he saw something which had escaped all those generations of country squires” (Doyle 11). Sherlock had put himself in Brunton’s shoes to see his motive of going after the Musgrave Ritual. He also had to put himself in Rachel Howells shoes to figure out why Brunton wanted Rachel Howells to help him when they were no longer friends.
In addition, Sherlock put himself in Rachel’s shoes when she and Brunton were in the cellar getting the hidden jewels. Rachel helped Brunton, but was then in control of his life as they went underground. Sherlock said, “What smoldering fire of vengeance has suddenly sprung into flame in this passionate Celtic woman’s soul when she saw the man who had wronged her—wronged her perhaps far more than we suspected---in her power” (Doyle 19). Sherlock found out that if there was a time that Rachel was going to hurt Brunton, she would have done it then.
Some may say that Sherlock Holmes may not have grown as a detective in the story because they would say that Musgrave basically gave Sherlock Holmes all his information to solve the case. I would argue that Sherlock Holmes still grew as a detective because he still solved the case no one else could ever figure out.
The second way I think Sherlock Holmes gained a lot of experience is by piecing all the parts of the case together to solve the case. When Sherlock Holmes is talking to Watson, he says, “You can imagine, Watson, with what eagerness I listened to this extraordinary sequence of events, and endeavored to piece them together, and to devise some common thread upon which they might all hang” (Doyle 9). Basically, Sherlock is saying that he had to put all of the pieces of the mystery together in order to solve it. This was the beginning of the solution of the Musgrave Ritual.
In conclusion, I think that Sherlock Holmes grew as a detective when he put himself in other people’s shoes and pieced all the clues of the case together. He put himself in Brunton’s shoes to find the motive to Brunton’s murder. He put himself in Rachel Howells shoes to figure out why she even helped him in the first place. Most of all Sherlock Holmes was the only detective to even ever solve the old case of the Musgrave Ritual. Sherlock Holmes grew as a detective just by solving the case because he solved this case before he became famous. He also gained a good reputation for solving the riddle of Musgrave. If it was not for Sherlock Holmes, maybe we wouldn’t have all the popular crime solving shows like CSI, Criminal Minds and The Mentalist.
Article posted November 7, 2011 at 07:54 AM •
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