Detective Fiction Assignment 4 Submitted by Ankit Bhansali(201001012)
The episode starts with a scared boy running away from the forest where a man is seen struggling. The boy then encounters a big dog and screams in fear. This shows that the whatever he saw at the forest resembled with the dog or was some kind of an animal which we see later in the episode is called a hound. The viewers were never given a glimpse of the hound in the opening sequence the reason for which we find later that it never existed and was just the product of hallucination from a chemical. The scene sets up the ...view middle of the document...
He then mocks Dr. Watson of being so obvious in his deductions and complaints that he missed almost everything of importance. The whole opening scene was a brief introduction to the great sherlock holmes who is methodical, intelligent, analytical and observant. He is also shown to have an healthy relationship with Dr. Watson. Then arrives Dr. James Mortimer and the sherlock realizes some of their deductions were a little wrong which was essential for the author to show to the audience that he is indeed human. Dr mortimer then told that he considered sherlock as the second best detective after Monsieur Bertillon who was more of a scientific man. But he came to sherlock because the he believes him to be more practical. This gives the viewers an idea that the story may violate the laws of science and involve some supernatural elements. It does not refer that sherlock may believe in supernatural beings but could be more wilder in his ideas to approach the case. Then mortimer recites the case and says that he himself on the day of the death of charles baskerville when he went to see the body, he saw the footprints of a “Gigantic Hound”. This sets the tone for the whole story to be an intense thriller.
It is evident that the opening scene of Tv episode is much more informative to the viewers who gets an idea of the story is all about. It is not the case in the novel where the author initially introduces the detective and impressive deductive skills assuring the readers that the crime will not go unsolved.
As much as they behave differently, you could agree they are the same basic nature moulded by different social pressures. Sherlock in the Conan Doyle’s books is born in the 19th century whereas the one in the TV adaptation is a 21st century man. Major difference in the characteristics is a result of this generation gap otherwise they both possess amazing deduction skills, both stay away from romantic encounters and both are antisocial. There is plenty of warmth in Sherlock for Watson as there is sarcasm in both the novel and TV series.,Following are a few difference in the characterization of sherlock in the modern adaptation and the novel. From the opening introductions we conclude that the sherlock in the novel is calm and is patiently sitting in the chair discussing with watson whereas in the TV episode we see that sherlock is going mad about not getting a case and wants one immediately. There is a sense of urgency and impatience. He is shown to be edgy and maniac when he doesn’t find his cigarettes. In their attitudes, the two of them differ also : the first interpretation...