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Pre-1914 Prose Task All five Victorian writers use mystery in there storys but the word mystery does not just mean one thing The mystery in these storys are either a whodunit or a superstitious type of mystery A whodunit is where the people in the story or the reader try and work out what the mystery is and a superstitious mystery is where it can not be explained Napoleon and The Spectre by Charlotte Bronte is a traditional ghost story where Napoleon is woken by a ghost It is a suppositious mystery as the reader does not know if the ghost actually exists The Red Room by HG Wells is also a superstitious mystery It is a superstitious mystery because the reader does not know if the happenings in The Red Room are a result of paranoia or of a supernatural cause The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is different to Napoleon and The Spectre and The Red Room As it is a whodunit story It is a whodunit story because the lead character Sherlock Holmes is trying to solve the mystery of if the woman was killed or died of natural causes In the five stories there are two types of main characters Theres the victim of the mystery and there is the solver of the mystery The victim is usually some one who is effected in a negative way by the mystery Also many of the victims are outsiders and loners The solver of the mystery is usually someone like Sherlock Holmes who solves the mystery In The Adventure of the Speckled Band the main character is Sherlock Holmes He is the solver of the mystery He is presented as a man who has a great eye for detail The reader can tell this because he notices that the lady travelled by dog cart when he says The left arm of your jacket
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