Week 2 - Scandal in Bohemia
Week 2 - Scandal in Bohemia LITS 3151
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Nicole Dante on Thursday September 8, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to LITS 3151 at Fairleigh Dickinson University taught by Dr. Marilyn Rye in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 26 views. For similar materials see Detective Fiction in Literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
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Date Created: 09/08/16
th September 8 , 2016 Scandal in Bohemia Irene Adler (“The Woman") has pictures that are damaging to the reputation of the King of Bohemia’s reputation. Poe’s Influence on Conan Doyle • Importance of observation • Deduction • Putting self in the suspect’s mind • Overly confident (Dupin solves, keeping confidence, Holmes is outsmarted by Irene) • Detective “triumphs” o Holmes acts as judge, decides whether to let criminal go, die, etc. • Less intelligent sidekick acts as narrator • Detective is good at gathering evidence, especially through conversation • Both detectives used replacements when stealing, good attention to detail • Involve royalty • Crime of honor • Stages a scene • Use disguises Differences between Poe & Conan Doyle • Different kinds of endings (villain gets away) • Props (smoke bombs) • History/complex background about Holmes and Waston (previous cases mentioned • Holmes is “balanced” • Information given about Watson as a narrator • Holmes solves crimes to stave of boredom and his cocaine habit (for his own self interest) Generalizations about Women • Secretive • Materialistic • Predictable • Lead to believe he can figure Irene out based on these ideas • Irene figures out who he is and follows him home, outsmarts him and the king • Changes Holmes’s perception of women and their intelligence Story at the End • Irene maintains leverage against the King, keeps the stolen pictures • She is afraid of him physically (tall and worried about his reputation) • “I would give one of the provinces of my kingdom to retrieve that photograph” – King of Bohemia • Holmes rejects payment in the form of a snake ring • King says Irene is not on his “level”, meaning not royalty o Holmes says she is above his level o Represents a rise of the middle class in England Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a variety of novels • People only read Holmes • Conan Doyle killed off Holmes after 2 novels because no one was reading his other work • His mother was angry about character death, didn’t talk to him, so he brought the character back
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