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How is mystery and suspense created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the short stories The Engineers Thumb The Beryl Coronet and Charles Augustus Milverton In this essay I will compare and analyse how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle creates mystery and suspense in three short stories In retrospect mystery and suspense go together If one of the two is present in a story so is another Both of these elements are evident in the three short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I intend to go into the intriguing world of this master of mystery and explore the methods used by the writer I aim to analyze the stories and highlight common traits in the way in which he creates mystery and suspense In order to fully grasp the essence of the stories we must first know some background information about the writer and the period in which the characters involved in the stories lived Sir Arthur Conan Doyle studied medicine in Edinburgh and graduated in 1881 He set up practice soon afterwards but unfortunately his patients were far and few between He then turned to writing In the duration of his stay in Edinburgh he met Joseph Bell who was a professor at the University that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle attended Bell had an intriguing hobby of deducing peoples characters from their appearance Bell became the model for the protagonist of the Sherlock Holmes stories which were introduced in 1887 In these stories Doyle portrays himself as Dr Watson a friend of Holmes who spends a great amount of time with him The story of The Engineers Thumb starts in a way that is typical of many of the Sherlock Holmes stories Dr Watson is recalling one of the numerous mysteries that he and his friend have solved and he explains which story he is going to tell and why he is going to tell the story By telling us the
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