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Creating a mystery is a very complex process because there are certain criteria that one must follow The author must craft their piece in such a way that the readers are unable to determine the outcome while still dropping all the right hints to make them try anyways Conan Doyle was able to keep the readers interests in his short story The Adventure of the Speckled Band while abiding by the guidelines of a mystery He engages his readers by playfully dropping clues and red herrings that steer them off the path of figuring out the ending Once the readers reach the end they are in for a pleasant surprise Every mystery must contain clues in order for the detective to piece together the story of what happened and who had committed the crime A common trend in the Mystery genre is to impose a signifier upon the readers in the form of a clue without revealing the signified until later Conan Doyle enjoys introducing a sign without a meaning to hold his readers attention Did you observe anything very peculiar about that bed No It was clamped to the floor Did you ever see a bed fastened like that before I cannot say that I have 109 In this passage Holmes asks Watson if he has ever seen a bed fastened like that before When Watson says that he hasnt a red flag rises in the minds of Doyles audience The bed that is fastened is a sign but the readers have yet to find out why what it means and how this relates to the mystery As his readers flip pages their hunger to connect the signifier with the signified increases They are instantly filled with an uneasy feeling that does not leave them until they terminate the story and all the loose ends are tied up This is how he ensures that his audience will be able to reach the end of
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