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Austrian Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Issue 7-8/2016

The unequal power structure between Holmes and Watson in “The Final Problem”

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29013/AJH-16-7.8-26-30

Pages: 26 - 30

Authors: Kosman M.

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to investigate the mutual relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in “The Final Problem” in order to prove that the former takes the dominant position over the latter which results in serious misunderstanding of Sherlock’s intentions on Watson’s part. The study focuses on the psychological perspective of their conversations showing that the uneven power structure between the two can be explained in the light of Grice’s Maxims and Cesare Lombroso’s crime theory

Keywords: the Gricean Maxims, crime psychology, Sherlock Holmes, communication

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