Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sets his mysteries of Sherlock Holmes mainly in London in the late 19th century, commonly known as the Victorian Era. Describe the setting of the mysteries and analyze effect setting has on the plot.
What are the characteristics of a Sherlock Holmes mystery? Use examples from the short stories to support your points.
Analyze Doyle's writing style, particularly his use of monologue to describe action sequences. How effective is telling about an action sequence rather than describing it as it happens?
What do you know about the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? What are his influences in writing Sherlock Holmes?
Holmes uses the process of deduction in solving his cases. Contrast this with more traditional detective work using inductive reasoning. What are the similarities and differences between these two types of reasoning?
Do you think Holmes is brilliant or just lucky? Defend your argument...
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