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Masculinity in A Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Elementary or not?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The representation of gender in fiction is not about gender in the sense of what actual men and women tend to be like, it is about the ideals about masculinity and femininity. Different fictional characters’ masculinity can be represented differently with transitivity and active involvement. As a result, this study demonstrates how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle uses transitive and intransitive verbs and aims to determine whether they signal masculinity or not. An analysis of the story A Scandal in Bohemia was conducted; all intransitive and transitive verbs used by the five main characters with the most involvement were counted and compared. The approach of the present reading uses quantitative data allowing a discussion of masculinity and gender. Three of the characters had a higher percentage of transitive verbs connected to them, whereas the other two had a higher percentage of intransitive verbs. Sherlock Holmes had a much higher percentage of transitive verbs than the King of Bohemia, despite the fact that the king of Bohemia is described as a very strong and masculine man, which refers to the discussion on how views on masculinity has changed with time and how it was perceived in England during the Victorian era when the short story was written.

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2013. , 13 p.
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Masculinity, Sherlock Holmes, literature, transitivity, sociolinguistics, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-91070OAI: diva2:630395
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Available from: 2014-01-22 Created: 2013-06-18 Last updated: 2014-01-22Bibliographically approved

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