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What is the mood or tone of Sir Conan Doyle's short story "The Red-headed League?"

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seamus95 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 30, 2009 at 10:12 AM via web

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What is the mood or tone of Sir Conan Doyle's short story "The Red-headed League?"

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parkerlee | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted December 5, 2009 at 12:04 AM (Answer #1)

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Compared to Doyle's other detective stories, this one is a light-hearted spoof.  Although there is both foil and crime, nobody gets hurt (unless you want to count Jabez Wilson's damaged ego when he learns he's "been had" instead of being honestly distinguished for his flaming red hair), and in the end the bad guys get caught. This story could be considered Disney material when compared to more serious works, such as "The Speckled Band" or 'The Hound of the Baskervilles.'

"The Red-headed League" is a welcomed break from Doyle's more sinister plots (and is one of my favourites). It is a story everyone can related to since most people have been deuced for their gullibility at one time or another and can remember how foolish they felt.

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