Classic Mystery Novels Comparison Essay by Mbeko

Classic Mystery Novels
A critical comparison of pre-twentieth century stories showing how they reflect the literary tradition of the 19th century "mystery" genre.
# 26746 | 1,700 words | 0 sources | 2001 | GB
Published on May 15, 2003 in Literature (English) , English (Comparison) , Literature (Comparative Literature)

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This paper is a discussion of two of the most popular and respected author's of modern times. This essay compares short stories showing how they reflect the literary tradition of the 19th century "mystery" genre. The stories examined are "The Judge's House" by Bram Stoker and "The Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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"In the 19th century short stories were of interest owing to three major factors: a high crime rate; scientific and industrial advances; and the serialization of novels into magazines. Public concern with high crime rates opened the door for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to publish his Sherlock Holmes stories owing to public desire for a successful detective. This was also a period of scientific and industrial advances. This led to a questioning of formal religious beliefs and increased interest in the supernatural and the afterlife. Bram Stoker’s “The Judge’s House” is trying to promote belief in God, Malcolmson’s mathematics book missed the rat, the Bible struck. The short story format became popular owing to the increasing number of magazines. These were widely accessible causing big novels to be serialized."

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