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John Kerrigan

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184515

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184515.001.0001

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. Sophocles in Baker Street

. Sophocles in Baker Street

(p.59) 3. Sophocles in Baker Street
Revenge Tragedy

John Kerrigan

Oxford University Press

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most brilliant fictional investigative detectives. The detective's analysis of details was impeccable, and this is one of the gripping components of the tales. Holmes started off in poor health and drowns in alcohol and drugs, in his own little misfortunes, in spite of his talents. In his adventures, tragedies were closely linked with murder and crime, a fuel to the action and mystery that grips the readers. Revenge is then seen in the line of justice, that if the criminal is caught and is given due punishment, all ends well for the story. This has become a quest for the investigator, similar to the quests of Greek epics, where a prize is waiting, in this case to avenge the victim. Death and tragedy are overwhelming, even intolerable for some; without these elements crime novels are dull and intolerable.

Keywords:   thrillers, murder, crime, revenge, quest, justice

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