Two Blind Mice: Sight, Insight, and Narrative Authority in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Jayme E Collins

Abstract


In this essay, I explore Doyle's narrative techniques, arguing that he focalizes the plot through three distinct narrative perspectives--Watson, Holmes' client, and Holmes himself--to embody three different modes of seeing.  I argue that Holmes gains narrative authority through his omniscience, and, as he is the only character who is truly able to 'see,' he is the only one with the power to enact and propel the narrative.

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