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  1. 1. Holmes or Poirot?A Comparison<br />Tyler Andrews<br />Professor Owens<br />English 1102<br />December 5, 2010<br />
  2. 2. In this presentation…<br />A history of the authors and some things that influenced them<br />The two fictional detectives are compared<br />The two sidekicks are compared<br />The overall tone, style, and effects are compared<br />
  3. 3. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle<br />He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, where he met Dr. Joseph Bell, the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.<br />The fact that Watson is also a medical doctor cannot be overlooked.<br />Doyle actually became annoyed with Holmes, so he “killed” him in a battle with Professor Moriarty, but the public outcry forced him to resurrect Holmes nine years later.<br />(<br />
  4. 4. Agatha Christie<br />During the First World War, she worked as a nurse, which led her to the idea of using poisons in her detective stories.<br />She originally created Poirot in his 40’s to 50’s, with the result that he was over a 100 by the time she finally killed him!<br />
  5. 5. Sherlock Holmes<br />Is cold and unemotional whenever possible. <br />Solves mysteries using deductive reasoning to explain the available data in a satisfactory manner<br />He arrives at his conclusions by excluding all else (Holmes himself says, “How often have I said… when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” (Doyle, 93))<br />
  6. 6. Hercule Poirot<br />A small Belgian man who is considerably more emotional than Holmes.<br />He uses psychology much more than Holmes.<br />His mysteries, rarely take place in the same place twice (I only know of one exception, which is Curtainwhere Christie kills him)<br />
  7. 7. Comparison<br />Holmes is unemotional<br />Holmes uses pure deduction and reason<br />Almost all of his mysteries start or end in London<br />Always has a sidekick, and only has one (Watson)<br />Poirot is warm and friendly<br />Poirot uses reason and psychology<br />Almost never is in the same spot<br />Rarely has a sidekick, but has had several, the main on being Hastings<br />
  8. 8. The Sidekicks<br />Both main sidekicks are usually the narrator.<br />Both aide the main detective in some way.<br />Both married, and both of their wives died from natural causes.<br />Both are unable to successfully apply their detective’s methods<br />
  9. 9. The Special Sidekick<br />Christie does create quite a shocker in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd when the narrator and sidekick, Dr. James Sheppard, is actually revealed to be the murderer!<br />
  10. 10. Doyle’s Mysteries<br />Often are set in a more grey and depressing location<br />Are much shorter and more adventurous than Christie’s<br />Much more straight forward than Christie’s<br />
  11. 11. Christie’s Mysteries<br />Have varied and colorful locations<br />Often involve at least one sudden twist.<br /> A slightly lighter tone is seen, with slight elements of humor at times.<br />
  12. 12. Conclusion<br />Both writers have earned their place in the halls of detective fiction fame, and both are truly excellent. The two detectives have numerous differences and a few similarities, while this is reversed in the detectives’ sidekicks. Despite the similarities, each author has their own feel that truly sets them apart.<br />
  13. 13. Works Cited<br />Doyle, Arthur C. The Sign of the Four. London: Spencer Blacket, 1890. Google Books. Web. 06 Dec. 2010. < sign of the four&hl=en&ei=KUAATfSFI8GC8ga14_WhBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&v>. <br />MysteryNet. "Sherlock Holmes." New Front Productions Inc., 2009. Web. 05 Dec. 2010. <>. <br />