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Theme: Positive Approach

The novel, “How I Met Myself” is about how John Taylor met his
doppelganger and the problems that he faced following the incident. John
met his doppelganger on an icy evening when he was on his way home
from work. Following this John had recurring terrible dreams of the
doppelganger incident, which made him restless and afraid. This affected
his family life and relation with his wife, Andrea.

John took the practical approach to solve the problem. He made
inquiries from people in the vicinity and read up on the issue in order to
understand why the doppelganger appeared to him. He felt that if he
understood the message then his problems would be solved. Andrea took
positive steps to solve her problems too. When she lost an important
teaching job, she was willing to work at Zsolt’s bar albeit at a lower pay.
She might have resented John for being so obsessed with the problem but
it was her way of dealing with it.

Both John and Andrea did not allow this unusual situation to spoil
the family holiday or allow it to become a family crisis. Andrea was
practical and helped as much as she could in her own way.




Moral Values: Crime does not pay
In the Boscombe Valley Mystery, the novel focuses on a few moral values.
One of the moral values is honesty where crime does not pay.
In the 1860s, John Turner the known as Black Jack of Ballarat was
very poor and turned to robbery and killing to get money. He robbed a
stagecoach carrying gold from Ballarat to Melbourne. After this robbery,
he became rich. He left for England and settled in Ross-on-Wye where he
became a rich respectable family man. However, Turner’s past caught up
with him when Charles McCarthy, the stagecoach driver recognized Turner
and blackmailed him. He was forced to give in to Charles’ demands for
money and a place to stay. Turner’s life became a nightmare as Charles
continued to blackmail him. One day, Turner was forced to kill Charles
when he overheard Charles forcing his son, James to marry Alice, Turner’s
daughter in order to get his wealth. Turner killed Charles to protected his
daughter But soon after, Turner fell ill after the murder and died seven
months later.
It was wrong of Charles to blackmail turner. The fact that he
continued to blackmail Turner, forced Turner to take drastic action when
Turner felt there was no way out of his problem.
It was wrong of John Turner to turn to crime to solve his debt
problems. Giving in to a blackmailer would only make things worse. It was
difficult for Turner to turn himself in to the police for his crime in Australia.
But Turner did commit a crime and he had to pay the price and killing
Charles did not solve the problem. Solving a problem by criminal actions
might create new ones.


Character that I find interesting – Dr. Watson
An interesting character in the graphic novel, The Boscombe Valley
Mystery, is Dr. Watson. His role in the story is as an ordinary man but he
complements the role Sherlock Holmes as the famous London Detective.
I find Dr. Watson’s character interesting as Watson is his presence,
comments, questions and observations were important in helping Holmes solve
the murder case.
Watson’s presence was important to Holmes. For example, Holmes liked
Dr. Watson being around when he discussed the murder case with him, as they
are in the train throughout the journey from London to Ross-on-Wye. Watson
made his presence important because he was always punctual. For example,
within half an hour of receiving the telegram from Holmes, Watson was already at
Paddington Station to catch the 11.15 train.
Watson was a good listener. He listened attentively to what Holmes said
about the case and asked many significant questions. He was also very helpful.
For example, he brought paper and pen for John Turner to write down his
confession, without being told. In short, Dr. Watson was a good companion and
assistant to Holmes.
Dr. Watson is also a good observant. For example, when he accompanied
Holmes to the scene of the crime he was the one who noticed the unusual
footprints, missed by the police. This clue was very important in determining the
murderer and helped Holmes to solve the murder.
Watson is a character in that he shows that however ordinary a person
may be, he is still capable of playing an important role. He lightens the
atmosphere as well as presents a welcome break from the seriousness of the
crime. He says what he thinks and expresses his opinion without hesitation. He
accepts Holmes opinion and is ready to listen to reason and explanation.