Sherlock Holmes: An Enduring Fictional Hero

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4 Responses to “Sherlock Holmes: An Enduring Fictional Hero”


  • He was, in the books, also flawed by the fact that he used cocaine- a seven-percent solution according to one novel. That was also the title of a 1970′s film “The Seven Percent Solution”.

  • Good recollection. Sherlock Homes is great. Even being a fictional character.
    Maybe the great achievement of real heroes comes from inspiration from the fictional heroes.
    Each one needs an inspiration. But sometimes this inspiration isn’t better to copy.
    As children we choose our heroes, become inspired by them, then imitate them.

    Great post. Congratulations!

  • Ah, Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite characters, and a heroic inspiration indeed. :D Fictional characters do indeed inspire us and I, having had a shortage of real-life role models as a child, could name a few who meant a great deal to me.

    The question is, do fictional heroes teach us greater values, or do they give us the conviction to be what we already want to be? In a world that worships low standards and derides Humanistic values, it’s good to have iconic figures who show us that it’s okay to risk ridicule, to rise above the lowest common denominator and make a difference somehow, to somebody. 8)

    Great essay, Scotty and George. :)

  • Sherlock Holmes!! I’ve read all his amazing stories. He can easily see through the surface and embarrass the police in the scotland yard. He judges the crime in his own opinion. I remember once a person kill another for justice, when he know the murder, he just let the murder go. In addition, he fight against the dark side, Dr.James Moriarty. He is acute, justice, knowledgeable. They all made him a hero.

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