In the story, Sherlock Holmes and his supportive and trusty friend Dr. Watson solve the seemingly inextricable crimes. Holmes was depicted as an intelligent, distinct prodigy. He is a fascinating character who will leave readers questioning plot point after plot point thus keeping them fully engaged. Enchanted I had been with Sherlock Holmes, I felt like I would never outgrow this form of literature. By saying this, as much as the story doesn’t fall into the category of the kind of literature most people consider, I have already acknowledged “The Adventure of A Cardboard Box” a form of literature.
Nowadays, when people think of literature, they think of those novels or old poems which are academically deemed as world classics. What’s even worse is literature has unfairly been regarded by people who are lack of patience and aesthetic mood as being tedious, dreary and boring. It is so sad to see that people don’t manage to fully comprehend the beauty of literature and still hold the bias towards it. Literature is a broad concept which is inclusive of all kinds of written works.
For me, “The Adventure of A Cardboard Box” meets my expectation about literature, despite the fact that it is more likely to immerse readers in its plot than other classics literature due to its suspenseful plots. It contains a setting, plots, themes, characters and uses a lot of novel techniques. There is no huge difference between “The Adventure of A Cardboard Box” and other novels.
The story is set in London. London that emerges in Sherlock Holmes’s stories creates the setting of an economic prosperous city in an colonial empire in late-nineteenth-century. The city brings together new populations, new commercial goods, and new forms of transportation into a place where many mysterious crimes happen.
Watson, the narrator, interprets the life of a close friend to him. He is as normal as the readers themselves. He sees Holmes as the way we see him. Watson can be a biased narrator. He adds his personal emotions regarding haze, contempt, mania sometimes amazement towards Holmes. As a whole, we see Holmes through the inner world of Watson but at the same time readers can have their own thoughts about Holmes.
The tone of Watson’s narration is also suspenseful. We don’t know what will happen next and we are as confused as Watson is. And we’re always going to know less than the great Sherlock Holmes.
I think what makes “The Adventure of A Cardboard Box” good is the story contains conflict: conflict between the truth and what people assume, conflict between suspect and the victims. It also has climax which Holmes find the clues through minor details and the pathetic story behind the motivation of a murderer. Great writers sometimes shake up the recipe and add some spice to make it more savory.
There is a theme that I notice in it is Technology and modernization. Without the trains, how could he travel across the places to investigate. Without enough medical and biological knowledge, how would he examine the details in human body to determine the clues. Literally, there would not be such fascinating scene coming out without technology development and a steadily modernized society.
In “The Adventure of A Cardboard Box”, the story is full of excitement, loss, suggestive subtext, sarcasm and above all, sheer intelligence. I think they are a must-read for anyone who are fond of a good mystery.