The Adventure of the Cardboard Box

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A British “consulting detective”, Sherlock is known for his ability to transform minute details into large hints, which go on to serve as breakthrough discoveries in all his cases. His uncanny ability to make astute deductions coupled with his misguiding disguises make it extremely easy for him to solve even the toughest cases. Appearing in a number of novels, short stories and film adaptations, Sherlock’s character has been widely appreciated throughout the world.

I believe that Sherlock Holmes and his adventures would definitely classify as great works of literature. Having read “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box”, one of his short stories, I can definitely say it is the type of literature students of appropriate ages would enjoy. The second of the twelve short stories in the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes collection, this is one of Doyle’s shorter works. Made up of easier, more straightforward deductions, this short story gives the reader a glimpse into Sherlock’s abilities and takes on the crime/ mystery theme extremely well.

Analyzing the structure of the story, Doyle incorporates a build up to the crux of the narrative and creates a convincing climax for the reader. The rising and falling action are important aspects of the story that are catered to by the unpredictable character of Sherlock Holmes. These components of the story make “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” a very exciting read. I am convinced that this story is appropriate for reading in schools. Seeing that schools look to teach literature through the means of well-written compositions, Arthur Conon Doyle’s works promise us a range of writing techniques that have been used extensively to put together a very stimulating narrative.

Reading about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes through the accounts of his trusty “sidekick” Watson, we are able to delve into his character and his thought process. I believe that the progression of events within this particular story has been covered extremely well. Doyle captures Sherlock’s thought process and makes the reader a part of his analytical approach. Being able to create such a dynamic character is a very important aspect of story writing and definitely makes this series a stand out.

I would like to conclude by saying that Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” is a story that does, without doubt, meet my expectations of what literature should be like. Having read various other short stories during my high school tenure, I would loved to have read the Sherlock Holmes series as a part of my literature class. A gripping story with a flawless build up and a convincing climax, this is one of my favorite Sherlock Holmes mysteries.


One thought on “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box

  1. This post was especially interesting to me because I chose the same topic but took a very different stance on the issue. Your viewpoint was not one that I considered before but you justify your position enough for me to think it is feasible. Still, I have a few remaining skepticisms. The first is regarding you mention of “appropriate ages”. You do not define what these ages are nor why Sherlock Holmes is appropriate at that age. Also, I feel that you ignore several critical components of advanced literature that maybe would not be found in the story. Nevertheless, good job overall.


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