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The character of Dr Watson in Conan Doyles stories is extremely interesting and needs to be studied in great depth Dr Watson is used to emphasis the main character Sherlock Holmes and the way in which it is done is very clever Watson himself is a very knowledgeable man and different sides of his character have been seen in the Sherlock Holmes stories When he is at home with his wife in The Man With the Twisted Lip we see the family man who is happy to be in his home and very comfortable We can also see he has a good relationship with his kind and understanding wife They made a caring pair as the doctor helped with the illnesses and his wife helped with the problems- folk who were in grief came to my wife like birds to a lighthouse When Dr Watson is at work he takes on a different role and knows that his job as a doctor and confident is one of up most value His patients look up to him and respect his judgement and advice Doctor Watson is a very intelligent man but respects the actions of his friend and partner and is well placed to act as narrator for the stories When Dr Watson accompanies Sherlock Holmes on trips and investigative journeys he realises that Holmes needs time to think and sort things through in his mind Holmes is very grateful for this as in The man with the Twisted Lip Holmes says You have a grand gift of silence - it makes you quite invaluable as a companion As the chronicler of the stories Watsons voice is precise and clear Sentences are long and complex giving the effect of respectability to Watson He speaks directly to the reader as a respectable middle class gentleman He portrays himself as reliable and trustworthy He goes into a great deal of detail describing scenes and peoples descriptions picking up
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