How does Arthur Conan Doyle present Sherlock Holmes as a detective throughout The Sign of Four?

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Arthur Conan Doyle presents Sherlock Holmes as a detective throughout The Sign of the Four by depicting Holmes as a man obsessed with his craft of deduction. In order to solve the complex mystery, Holmes relies on logic and reason to formulate conclusions. It’s clear he has also spent years conducting experiments to find clues that are unseen or meaningless to others, such as when he identifies a suspect as a one-legged man. Holmes also has an underground network of informants in London who help him gather evidence.

It’s important to note that Doyle uses Doctor Watson as the narrator. Doctor Watson serves as a foil to Holmes at points in the narrative, specifically when Watson meets Mary Morstan, the woman who will become his wife. The reader understands Holmes would never marry because it would take time away from his pursuit of deduction.

Also, Watson introduces the reader to the detective’s use of cocaine. When not actively working on an investigation, Holmes uses the drug in an...

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