The Sign Of Four Analysis

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In Doyle’s detective novel, The Sign of Four, the historical events clearly affected by the author’s Britishness, in addition to his British Reader’s expectations. Doyle integrates the plot of the story with a very significant historical event, the Indian Mutiny. The high percentage of the details, Doyle provides about the Mutiny, were inaccurate. It turns the facts into mythology. This is obvious in the way his characters, such as Small, in the novel describe the Mutiny and the mutineers negatively. In fact, there are many sequences and reasons that emerge such a usage. This essay will discuss and clarify some of them. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of The Sign of Four, is British and lived in the Victorian era. The Victorian period was popular of the reading regular habit among the majority of the British people. By which, most of the British reader’s knowledge was built and shaped from what they read in the newspapers and books. Since this was the main source of news about the Mutiny, the readers were influenced by the emotional…show more content…
The Poet Christina Rossetti, who wrote In the Round Tower at Jhansi, 8 June 1857 , views the last scene of Captain Skene and his wife before they were killed. She uses visual imagery to indicate how Captain Skene killed his wife then committed suicide to protect his wife from being raped by the mutineers. Truthfully, many stories, reports, and witnesses of even women survived from the massacres included nothing about raping. What Rossetti mentioned about “fear of rape” among the British women in India raised by the journals and newspapers then. After many reports and survival witnesses about the Mutiny, It was discovered that these fears were inaccurate. Rossetti creates a heroic mythology, Captain Skene, who was historically registered that he and his wife were murdered by the Indian rebels. (Towheed, 2007,

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