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Evelyn Murray Bell B6-7 December 4th, 2013

Sherlock Holmes: The Man Atop the Castle of Mystery


With the new obsession of murder shows, thousands of crime-fighting and mystery-busting television shows have been aired. In this day and age, mystery shows with cunning, intelligent detectives like Rick Castle from the hit television show Castle may seem to be very advanced, but when compared Sherlock Holmes, from The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, that advanced detective becomes quite elementary (Doyle 11). Sherlock Holmes is a very versatile man, having many qualities that are required of successful detectives. Holmess qualities cause him reap many great successes, like that in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Sherlock Holmes and Rick Castle are both detectives with similar qualities and unique techniques of solving that make good investigators, but in reality, Sherlock Holmes is much more advanced. Rick Castle, from the television series Castle, is a best-selling mystery author who lives at home with his daughter, Alexis, and mother. When he meets detective Kate Beckett, a NYPD homicide detective in the 12th precinct, while she was working on a case, he offers his help on a hard to solve homicide. Beckett strongly dislikes the thought of a writer working with the police, but Castle gets direct approval from the precinct head. Kate Beckett strongly disagrees with the decision and at first goes to great lengths to shut out Castle, however, soon they begin to develop feelings for each other. The predominant plot emphasizes the romance between Beckett and Castle and the cold case homicide of Kate Beckett's mother. As a writer who helps the police department, Rick Castle embodies many qualities that are required of successful detectives. Castle is a sympathetic, meticulous, and deductive investigator. In many cases that he solves, children are involved, either directly or indirectly. The parents that are involved in these cases are usually very upset that they cant or couldnt protect their victimized children. Castle

Evelyn Murray Bell B6-7 December 4th, 2013

Sherlock Holmes: The Man Atop the Castle of Mystery


feels compassionate toward these people, because he has his own daughter who means the world to him, and therefore treats them delicately. Ricks scrupulousness when writing books identically corresponds with his attention to detail when solving homicides. He writes with great attention to detail, making sure that every clue fits and the ending is tied together. Becketts precinct has a murder board where they post the details on the case and the suspects at hand so they dont forget important details. Castle, when he writes books, also uses a murder board to make sure that each details strings perfectly together with the next. Each homicide he solves, Castle uses the small details that others may disregard, and often these details are more than important. In one case, the victim had a number written on her hand in ink, #667. While the police disregarded this, Castle realized that it matched the apartment number next to her, which was later to be discovered as the leader of a local gang. Ricks attentiveness is accompanied by his quality of being deductive. In every case, there a red herrings, and to solve the case, you have to pick out the pointless clues and legitimate clues. Castle has very acute senses that help him determine the red herrings, which is equally important to solving as case as being attentive. When solving his cases, Castle is highly dependent on technology. The precinct uses technology that does a lot of the work that would have taken hours to do by hand. Castle may seem like a successful detective, but Sherlock Holmes outshines him completely. In the book The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes shows off his astute detecting skills. Holmes embodies many great qualities and attributes like persistence, believing in only fact, and fast acting. Many people hear the phrase, persistence is key, and Sherlock Holmes is a perfect example of this. Solving cases can be tricky and frustrating, so in his case, if he wasnt persistent, Sherlocks successes would be nonexistent. For example, in The Hound of the

Evelyn Murray Bell B6-7 December 4th, 2013

Sherlock Holmes: The Man Atop the Castle of Mystery


Baskervilles, he goes out of his way, by hiding upon the moor, to find details that people are hiding from him. Holmes is a very fact oriented character, and because of this he can sound rude. For instance, Dr. Mortimer finishes reading a letter about the deaths of previous Baskervilles and when asked if he found the curse of the Baskervilles interesting he replied, to a collector of fairy tales (Doyle 24). Detectives must always rely on fact so that their accusations are reliable. Sherlock is always in situations that cause him to need the ability to react quickly. When trying to capture Stapleton in the act of committing a crime, he makes the decision in a quick moment that, [they] must close in quickly (Doyle 129). When solving his cases, Sherlock relies on either his or Watsons brain. Back in Sherlocks day, there was not technology that could assist them, so every case he solved was solved by pure brain power. This meant Sherlock had to be very intelligent, and did work for himself. Both Richard Castle and Sherlock Homes are successful detectives, but only one may come out on top as the number one detective. Today, many detectives and policemen dependent alone on technology to solve crimes for them, but Sherlock Holmes had his sole intelligence. If police today were without technology, many would not be able to solve their cases. Some great qualities to have as a detective are well roundedness, observance, persistence, conscientious, sympathy, and good communicators. Even though both detectives possess these qualities, Rick Castle is nowhere closely comparable to the one and only Sherlock Holmes.

Evelyn Murray Bell B6-7 December 4th, 2013

Sherlock Holmes: The Man Atop the Castle of Mystery


References
Castle. Beacon Pictures. ABC, Virginia Beach. 9 March, 2009-2013. Television.
Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Hound of the Baskervilles. New York: Bantam Doubleday Publishing Group, Inc., 1959. Print.