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Analysis

Literary Devices in The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Hunting metaphors and jungle imagery are motifs, recurring in nearly every story in The Return of Sherlock Holmes. Watson frequently compares crime-fighting to hunting, casting himself and Holmes a...

Setting

When we think of Sherlock Holmes we think of gas-lamps and fog and other stereotypically Victorian London things. In this case, the stereotypes are pretty accurate, but they don't tell the whole st...

Narrator Point of View

Watson is our first-person narrator in all of the stories in The Return of Sherlock Holmes. He acts as a sort of hagiographic historian here. That's a fancy way of saying that his purpose is to te...

Genre

The first genre we have here is adventure. If you were wondering whether or not that applies here, just check out the story titles. All of them are "The Adventure" of something. Watson himself ofte...

Tone

Watson's huge man-crush on Holmes really comes through in the tone in all of the stories featured here. Watson frequently speaks of Holmes in glowing terms, and it's very clear that he admires the...

Writing Style

It's definitely tricky trying to analyze the style of thirteen separate stories. And while each story has a somewhat different style (none of them start the same way, for instance), we're going to...

What's Up With the Title?

With a title like that, you're probably wondering where Sherlock Holmes had gone if he is now "returning." Cruise in the Bahamas? Prison? The store? Holmes totally did better than all of that thoug...

What's Up With the Ending?

Since this is a collection of short stories, we are actually dealing with thirteen separate endings here. However, there are definitely common elements in the ending to all these separate stories....

Tough-o-Meter

Sherlock Holmes stories are great because they are short. You can get a dose of late-Victorian literature without slogging through hundreds of pages (we're looking at you, Henry James and Thomas Ha...

Plot Analysis

Since we're dealing with thirteen separate short stories, it's tricky to apply a seven-part plot analysis. But even though a classic plot analysis isn't really effective here, there are lots of pla...

Trivia

Dr. Gregory House, of the TV show House, is actually based on Sherlock Holmes. Like Holmes, Dr. House uses drugs, is seriously antisocial, and can solve seemingly impossible mysteries. He even has...

Steaminess Rating

This is definitely a Victorian book since the sex is pretty much nonexistent here. In fact, our two main characters never even have serious love interests (and Holmes's fake engagement in "Charles...

Allusions

Mr. Pickwick from Charles Dickens's The Pickwick Papers (Milverton.1.16)Athena (Milverton.1.88) Nihilists (Six Napoleons.81, 10.161)Anarchists (Six Napoleons.81) Sleepy Hollow (Three-Quarter.164)vo...
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