Arthur Conan The Man with the Twisted Lip, by Arthur Conan Doyle

Welcome to this type of collaborative work!!!!


After reading t
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The Man with the Twisted Lip
he short story 'The Man with the Twisted Lip', written by Arthur Conan Doyle (click on the link at the top of the page to read the story), I invite you to analyse the story in a collaborative way.

Let's consider the following items:






1. EXTERNAL DATA
A. Author's Biography. Cultural background.

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction.
2. INTERNAL DATA
A. EXTERNAL STRUCTURE
1. Structure of the text.


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Structure of the Text


The short story "The Man with the Twisted Lip" is organised into narrative paragraphs and it contains some dialogues.

2. Title

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Title








3. Plot
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Plot

4. Theme(s)



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Theme(s)

The history is concerned with deceipt. This is a personal and universal theme.


5. Settings
a. Setting in time:
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Setting in Time
The story was developed during Modern Times (19th century) ,
b. Setting in place:
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Setting in Place
The story takes place in London


B. INTERNAL STRUCTURE


1. Steps in Rising Action

- When Mrs. St. Clair saw a strange situation into the bedroom, where her husband was.
- When Holmes noticed that he may know the man who he had already arrested.

2. Climax or Conflict


The Guard called the detective (S.Homes) to see the prisioner and sherlock Homes realized that the prisioner was known to him. The highest moment of tension is when the detective asked the prisioner to washed his face.

3. Falling Action:

4. Denoeument

5. Characters
a. According to their participation (protagonist/antagonist)





b. According to their contribution to the plot (main character/secondary character/character in absentia)


b. According to their contribution to the plot (main character/secondary character/character in absentia)


MAIN CHARACTER:
Isa Whitney... (The same explanation)

SECONDARY CHARACTER:
Kate Whitney


4. Denoeument

The inspector will keep the matter secret and set him free for there was no crime committed but Neville must put a stop to the existence Hugh Boone.


7. Atmosphere


Doubts, Confusion, Desperation, Disappointment, Intrique, Courage, Happiness.



1. The story is unique among Holmes stories taking into account two aspects:
ST: a. Crime (was there a crime or a villain in the story?)
b. Resolution of the mystery (how did Holmes solve the mystery?)
2. Narcotics are mentioned in the story (opium, for instance). Is it suggested in the story that narcotics were legal or illegal in the time and place it was set (i.e. London, 1889)?
3. Do you agree with the idea that beggars can actually make such a great amount of money so as to earn a good living?

4. Which are the reasons why Holmes first believes Neville Saint Clair has been murdered? How does he reach the correct solution to the mystery?
5. Why do you think the Victorian detective stories of 'Sherlock Holmes' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were, and continue to be so popular?

6. Point of view and Style
a. Style
b. Point of view

7. Atmosphere


3. FOLLOW-UP DISCUSSION

1. The story is unique among Holmes stories taking into account two aspects:
a. Crime (was there a crime or a villain in the story?)
There wasn´t a crime, the story belongs to the absurd genre, because the ending is different to what we expected.-

b. Resolution of the mystery (how did Holmes solve the mystery?)
Holmes solves the mystery based on his perception, because he didn´t have any concrete element for finding a guilty man.

2. Narcotics are mentioned in the story (opium, for instance). Is it suggested in the story that narcotics were legal or illegal in the time and place it was set (i.e. London, 1889)?


Opium was legal around 1889. After the opium war Britain made trade with opium all over the country.

3. Do you agree with the idea that beggars can actually make such a great amount of money so as to earn a good living?

Nowdays, people don´t give enough money to beggars because people are poor, so beggars can´t live with luxury.

4. Which are the reasons why Holmes first believes Neville Saint Clair has been murdered? How does he reach the correct solution to the mystery?
5. Why do you think the Victorian detective stories of 'Sherlock Holmes' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were, and continue to be so popular?**