Crime, Detection and Conan Doyle in 19th Century England Analytical Essay by numero uno

Crime, Detection and Conan Doyle in 19th Century England
A discussion on the Industrial Revolution and the multitude of changes in civilization that arose as a result of it, with particular reference to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creation of Sherlock Holmes.
# 7391 | 900 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 06, 2003 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Criminology (General)

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The following paper discusses how Doyle and "Sherlock Holmes" entertained generations of readers with the pure delight of escapist detective fiction, paired with the historical diaries and documents written by actual "bobbies" of the day. The writer examines how these famous detective stories give us a vivid picture of how both an author and his major character were shaped by the time, the conditions and the crime of their days.

From the Paper:

"When people moved from farming to city and industrial jobs, change came in the ways workers were compensated, in their levels of independence from, or interdependence on, their neighbors, and, probably most noticeable of all, in the sheer amount of space each man could call his own or maybe more precisely, the lack of space. Many of the teeming crowds in London's streets in the nineteenth century were made up of people living in dire poverty. And all too many were far too familiar with the dark side to this new form of civilization: the rise of more, and different, forms of crime."

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