Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used the same analytical skills he imparted to his iconic character to clear an innocent man's name in 1906. The case was chronicled heavily in The Telegraph and set a precedent that later prevented numerous miscarriages of justice.Continue Reading
George Edalji was an Indian man whose family immigrated to England. When Edalji was young, a series of harassing letters plagued his family. Although a disgruntled former employee of the family later admitted to sending the letters, Edalji himself was blamed when the letters started arriving years later. Due to racial prejudices at the time, Edalji was used as a scapegoat for a series of brutal livestock killings in the area.
When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle caught wind of the unseemly miscarriage of justice, he took to The Telegraph with a series of detailed analyses of the evidence the police had overlooked in Edalji's case. Doyle himself used the Sherlock method of deduction to prove that Edalji was far too nearsighted to stalk animals in the dark while police were afoot. Doyle also recognized that bloody razors found in Edalji's apartment were really just rusty and that the mud on his boots was not a match for the field in which the animals were killed. Edalji was cleared of the crime and the Court of Appeals was formed to prevent further miscarriages of justice.Learn more about Classics
Sherlock Holmes, the character created by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is a detective from Victorian London who is famous for his scientific reasoning, keen observation and rational mind. Holmes' hobbies include playing the violin, boxing and sword-fighting. He is from upper class society and has a brother named Mycroft who appears in several stories. Holmes lives at 221B Baker Street with his flatmate John Watson, a retired army doctor. Holmes appears in 56 stories and four novels by Doyle.Full Answer >
The seven ages of man are the seven developmental stages of a person's life, as outlined by William Shakespeare in "As You Like It." Specifically, in Act II, Scene 7, the character of Jacque describes the world as a stage and "all the men and women merely players," before going on to say that each man plays seven parts in his time.Full Answer >
In the novels, Sherlock Holmes smoked three different pipes: cherrywood, clay and briar. In theater and in film, he is often portrayed smoking a Calabash pipe. The association of Holmes with the Calabash comes from the early 1900s American actor William Gillette, who chose to play Holmes on stage using this pipe.Full Answer >
In Arthur Miller's play, "The Crucible," the character of John Proctor is critical and even scornful of the character of Reverend Parris. He criticizes the fact that the reverend never mentions God in his sermons and also for his greed in being the first minister in Salem to demand ownership, in the form of a deed, of the parish house in which he is living.Full Answer >