Category Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem

This post is going to be a preview of today’s class. Here are some things I’d like us to continue/start thinking about: Genre – Does this story stick to our classification as a detective story? Performance of Professionalism – How do we tell the good guy from the bad guy? Performance of Masculinity – In […]

The Final Problem

Moriarty is such a wonderful villain for Sherlock Holmes because, as Sherlock says several times, Moriarty is Sherlock’s intellectual equal. The way that Sherlock describes Moriarty to Watson is like Sherlock is describing himself but with complete opposite intentions. Instead of using his intelligence to solve problems, Moriarty uses his intellect in order to create […]

“to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee…”

Allusions! Allusions abound! Reading through “The Final Problem” it is easy to see the literary influence on Doyle. “The Final Problem,” published in 1893, came 40+ years after Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. We can see the connection from Holmes to Captain Ahab and Professor Moriarty to the White Whale. Both men (Holmes and Ahab) are caught […]

Sherlock Holmes: “The Final Problem”

For me, “The Final Problem” instantly brought to mind the concept of doppelgängers. Moriarty is the only character who is described as being Holmes’ equal, and appears to be his shadow self. In addition, no one sees Holmes fall over the waterfall, and as a master of disguise, he could very well have been the […]

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem

Like Mariko, I also saw much of Doyle himself in the character of Sherlock Holmes. The quote about Holmes’s career reaching its “summit” is especially relevant, and obviously Doyle wanted to give his character a proper send-off by giving him a noble death. Still, Doyle himself was a bit resentful of the character, as he […]

The Final Problem

This story is so different from the others, at least in my opinion. I own and have read every Sherlock story and as far as the genre of mystery goes, I find this one to be the least mysterious and the least entertaining. While I understand Doyle’s reasons for killing off Sherlock and though I […]

The Final Problem

The biggest thing that stood out to me in this story is the significance of the waterfall. Waterfalls in literature typically represent uncontrollable and wild forces of nature. I found this to be fitting for even though it is the last installment of Holmes we know that uncontrollable forces of evil are still present in […]