Sherlock Holmes’s Appeal

Sherlock Holmes’s drug use, boxing ability, disinterest in women, and gloomy outlook on life surprise and interest me.  Doyle might have created such a character to engender trust in his readers; I know that Holmes will never get distracted while solving a case because improving his mind and solving mysteries are his sole source of enjoyment.  His inductive abilities inspire thinkers everywhere.  His predilection for cocaine and morphine make me very concerned for his health; I hope he always has crimes to solve!  Holmes’s characteristics show that nineteenth century Englishmen considered the world a dark and dangerous place (Watson’s descriptions of grimy London contribute to the effect) in which the criminals are more intelligent than the police.  Holmes alone is dark and brilliant enough to match these adversaries.

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