This week I am learning about Sherlock Holmes in Victorian literature class. The first short story we are focusing on is ‘The Man with the Twisted Lip‘ 1891. There are at least four other short stories belonging to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the Sherlock Holmes series that feature a facial deformity in the main title. Other novels that can be related to Sherlock Holmes’ short stories of doubling are The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde alongside The Picture of Dorian Gray. The trope of double-consciousness is a major theme in these stories. Bram Stoker’s Dracula can also be classified in this category. Sherlock’s intellectual mindset allows him to solve crimes and in this particular short story, he solves the mystery of a character that leads a double life. This character is comparable to those of Jekyll, Hyde and Gray as they lead double lives through the personality changes that they all endure.
Holmes himself is a master of disguise with his ever-changing array of characters. In ‘The Man with the Twisted Lip‘, he puts that theory into effect with his clever disguise in the opium den which leads to Dr. Watson’s bewilderment when he is finally told by Holmes who he is. Of course, the most iconic relevant Holmes is portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch who does a remarkable job in the eccentricity of Holmes’ character. His puts in an astounding performance of him onscreen and brings Sherlock Holmes to life for all viewers. Above is a link to a youtube narration of the short story.