Write and interview with Arthur Conan Doyle answering as the author. Question on his background, cultural influences, form, setting, plot, structure and language, characters and intentions. 1. Describe how has your background has influenced the story ‘The Speckled Band’. My background influenced ‘The Speckled Band’ in that I am a qualified doctor who has been to prison and so has Dr Roylott. The important fact that Dr Roylott is a doctor means that he is clever enough to know what can kill a person but not be found in a post mortem.
“When a clever man turns his brains to crime it is the worst of all. ” This shows that he can use is general and especially medical knowledge to be able to kill someone without being found out. He has been to various countries like me and therefore has seen and knows of deadly animals capable of killing. “The doctor was furnished with a supply of creatures from India. ” This backs up the idea of him knowing animals which he could use to kill someone. 2. Explain how you intended to represent Helen Stoner and why.
I wanted to represent Helen Stoner as a vulnerable young woman. “My suspicions depend so entirely upon small points, which might seem trivial to another, that even he whom of all others I have a right to look for help and advice looks upon all that I tell him about it as the fancies of a nervous woman. ” This quote shows that she doesn’t believe herself anymore because of society dismissing her story due to the fact that she is a woman who is not taken seriously. This shows the danger that she is in, because people won’t listen to her.
“Five little livid spots, the marks of four fingers and a thumb, were printed upon the white wrist. ” This shows that Dr Roylott is beating her and how women were treated in those days. “The lady coloured deeply and covered her injured wrist. ” This shows that she feels ashamed which was what society in those days made women feel. This also portrays Helen Stoner as vulnerable and a victim of abuse and possibly in the future murder. 3. Please use some examples in explaining why the form of a short story worked particularly well for you.
Using the form of a short story rather than a long one worked well because it allowed me to focus on a few main characters which I could write lots of detail about. Also, not having any chapters means that the reader won’t put the book down when they get to a chapter, which keeps them reading and full of suspense. “It seems to be a most dark and sinister business. ” “However should I forget that dreadful vigil? I could not hear a sound, not even the drawing breath of a breath, and yet I knew that my companion sat open-eyed, within a few feet of me, in the same state of nervous tension in which I was myself.
This tension created by the atmosphere makes the reader feel the tension of the characters which builds suspense, making the reader want to read on unlike if it was a long novel as they would stop and read it later on by which time the tension would have dropped. 4. How important was language in terms of Dr Roylott’s representation on pages 8-9? I wanted to portray Doctor Roylott as an intimidating and frightening person which sounds like a typical suspect of a story. “Huge man” and “hunting crop swinging in his hand” shows that Dr Roylott is threatening and dominant. Also, it shows how vulnerable Helen Stoner is.