What Makes A Good Detective

What Makes A Good Detective
Introduction For my coursework question I am going to use three stories that we have read in class, which are: The Purloined Letter, The Black Brotherhood, and The One Hundred Thousand Dollar Robbery. I am going to talk about the characteristics of the three detectives in these stories to find out what makes a good detective. All of the detectives in these three stories seem to have some typical characteristics in common, such as Dupin in The Purloined Letter, he is quite relaxed and quiet and has a good understanding of what he is doing, which are the same characteristics that Dick Donovan has. The detective in the Purloined Letter shares some of these characteristics the same as Donovan and Joe. Dupin is a good thinker and uses his common sense, which is generally needed to be a detective. In the Black brotherhood, Dick Donovan is smug and is a thinker; you know more about his thought processes than his physical appearance "I know you you?re a detective" this shows that people can tell he?s a detective by the way he thinks. This will have an effect on the reader as they may be able to judge what other detectives characteristics are like. Donovan is also a kind character, and is relaxed in what he does, he always thinks of the unexpected, he is open minded, and really sly.
November Joe in the Hundred-Thousand-Dollar Robbery is quite quiet and assuming, November Joe is not very pushy and he doesn?t say an awful lot, and we can tell he is a good detective who is well organised. November Joe is not a detective but says he?s a woodsman, he isn?t brash or pushy but he uses his common sense. In the Purloined Letter the detective seems a very confident man, has a good knowledge of working things out which is needed in order to be a great detective, very secretive, he is very good at solving things, he also appears to have a good sense of humour which is a good point but is serious to at the same time. In all the three stories that I have chose they are all good thinkers, quite quiet detectives, sly, they all use their common sense. There again on the other hand the three different detectives are quite unique in their own way. Donovan is quite smug and proud of himself when he discovers something. Where as the detective in the Purloined Letter is quite a jolly man, proud of himself, has a good sense of humour, but serious too at the same time, he?s very good at solving problems which makes him a good detective. Being able to solve problems is a necessary point to be a detective or it would be an advantage as a good detective should be able to think about how a crime/incident happened or how to possibly solve a crime, therefore common sense is often needed to make the character/detective a good one. November Joe is a detective and says he?s a woodsman which makes him unique and different he isn?t pushy or brash because some of the detectives can be pushy and don?t have much patience. November Joe is characterised by having a low rough tone of voice which sets the atmosphere of the story, as you can get a good idea of what the mood Is in the story by the characters tone of voice, like you can get a good idea of whether he?s in a good or bad mood. Dick Donovan has a low toned voice and sounds very serious as he should because he?s a detective. I think he speaks in a polite manner and precise very formal and analytical. The detective in the Purloined Letter speaks in a sort of kind tone of voice and a polite manner; he also sounds humorous, which could influence the reader to laugh, and it could also suggest that Donovan is a polite well mannered person ?Dupin rolls his visitor a comfortable chair ?this shows that Dupin has got good manners. A Present reader of the purloined letter would probably respond to as being a kind man, an intelligent character, someone who knows what he?s doing and would seem like a modern character that you would find in any modern detective story, as they share the same characteristics. I found Dupin quite a quiet man, who knows how to solve hard crimes easily and being extremely intelligent. A person who would have read this in the past may have related the character to a person that was of great importance like an inventor as this was a time of great change. Dupin would have probably interested the past reader more than the modern one because he would have been more similar to a person who created detective stories such as Edgar Allan Poe who was a famous man living at the time of great change. To a present reader Dick Donovan would seem like a high standard man who they could imagine living in either the past or the present as he he?s a good thinker and he has some characteristics of a present detective character. A past reader would respond to Donovan as being a clever 7and funny man a really interesting character as he?s different from other people. Detective stories were so popular at the time they were written because this was a time of great change and, not many people could afford to buy books, so these stories were first published in the style of a leaflet with pictures. Many people would read these stories as this was a new form of entertainment and nothing like it, had been created before.

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