Captain Murderer

Stereo typical Victorian women placed great faith in bodily image; they also admired the strong statuesque lady and the weak fainting beauty. Also it was believed that women should be powerless, in the Victorian era women’s rights movements were just starting to take hold but any woman who wanted independence from men were considered unstable and insane. Therefore not taking Bessie’s power away, Bessie would be too unconventional and the audience would find the story too hard to accept.

In captain murderer the women do not have any names; this could be because no matter who they are their actions describe their personality. They all seem to be stupid, to marry a man called ‘Captain Murderer’. Victorian beliefs follow that sexually attractive females are a threat and they are generally murdered in a Victorian novels. The way that captain murderer gets them to make their own pastry without realising that they are actually in danger is very patronising and assuming they are not very clever. “The dark twin would have prevented the marriage if she could, but she couldn’t…

” “… , and looked in at his window through a chink in the shutter, and saw him having his teeth filed sharp. This quote shows how the dark twin sensed danger and didn’t want to marry captain murderer. It also shows how the Victorian females had no choice in marrying men, in this case ‘Captain Murderer’. Victorian beliefs show that females generally have no choice in the man that she marries. The second quote shows that the dark twin has suspicion over Captain Murderer, she shows this by spying on him and the suspicion is aroused even more by

After sensing danger to seek revenge she has to sacrifice herself, this is very unordinary for a Victorian lady, a stereotypical Victorian lady are very feminine and faint a lot near danger. The women in the speckled band are stereotypical victims, they correspond to Victorian beliefs; women should be less significant than men and should be scared easily and need to rely on another man. The writer emphasises Helen’s fear and agitation by using similes and metaphors. “‘It is not the cold which makes me shiver. ‘… ‘It is fear Mr. Holmes. It is terror. ‘” “…

, her face all drawn and grey, with restless, frightened eyes, like those of some hunted animal. ” “… a woman of thirty, but her hair was shot with premature grey,… ” The settings in these stories play a huge part and help the desired genre to take affect. Examples of this would be; Happy stories – Sun, Blue Sky, Daytime, Meadows and young animals. Horror – Thunder Storms, Grey sky, Night time, Remote House and Bats and Wolves If these elements from each genre were to be mixed up then the story would be too unconventional for the reader to accept. The setting in ‘The Black Cottage’ complements the story and the action.

The story is set on Dartmoor; the atmosphere is bleak and the isolation of Bessie’s cottage also adds to the eeriness of the story. As the story progresses the atmosphere worsens whilst Bessie makes the decision to run away from the intruders, this is called pathetic fallacy as the story gets more dramatic so does the atmosphere and setting, this is called pathetic fallacy. Quotes to back up this idea show how the author describes the weather in the beginning and at the end. “One cloudy autumn day … ” “… , and to go on resolutely through the darkness. I reached the farmhouse with my clothes wet through …

” The setting in ‘Captain Murderer’ is not as significant as the setting in ‘The Speckled Band’ and ‘The Black Cottage’. The important setting factor is that Captain Murderer is set high in society. He marries all upper class, pretty women who don’t trigger what is going to happen before it is too late. In ‘The Speckled Band’ the setting reflects the story, emotions and the actions of the characters. The manner of Stoke Moran is described in a gothic way. “The building was of grey, lichen – blotched stone, with a high central portion, and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab, thrown out on each side.

” This quote shows how Conan Doyle described the Stoke Moran manor in a gothic way. This quote could also be related to the extension of Dr. Roylott’s character. The crab simile helps the reader to understand the first impression of the manor would be it imprisons everyone that walks into it. In ‘The Speckled Band’ and ‘The Black Cottage’ the author has included many complex sentences to add to description and to make the story more enjoyable to the reader. The language is very formal and there are many words that are not in use anymore.

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