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Doyle, Arthur Conan - The Adventure of the Final Problem. Read more The Social Problem of Men: Final Report: Volume 1. Read more. "The Final Problem" is a short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring his detective character .. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. PDF | The death and resurrection of Sherlock Holmes, a contrarian reading in which Holmes helps the murderer, and the century-long tradition of the Holmesian.
Pure conflict and maximin strategies The game between Holmes and Moriarty is a constant-sum game where the sum of the payoffs in each cell of the matrix give a fixed number in this case In other words, what is good for one player is bad for the other.
If you have read many Sherlock Holmes stories, you know that he is both brilliant and arrogant. While it would be uncharacteristic of him to take a conservative tack in handling a strategic situation, he is smart enough to know that Moriarty may well be his match. So, rather than think about Holmes formulating a conjecture about what Moriarty would do and then choosing a best reply, let us presume that he takes a more cautious route in selecting a strategy.
Holmes then wants to choose the mixed strategy that maximises his own expected payoff given his belief about Moriarty.
In other words, he exercises caution by optimising against his pessimistic beliefs. Green is where Moriarty selects Dover.
Yellow is where Moriarty selects Canterbury. Green is where Holmes selects Canterbury. Yellow is where Holmes selects Dover. This strategy pair is the maximin solution to the game. Thus, there is a higher probability for Sherlock to alight at Canterbury in an effort get rid of Moriarty. Yo, this is exactly what happened in the story! Gosh darn, game theory has done it again! Moreover, Sherlock seems to have acted rationally! With a good grip on game theory you can be as clever as Sherlock Holmes too!
Watson, however, decides to stay with his friend.
Moriarty himself has slipped out of the grasp of the English police and is obviously with them on the continent. Holmes and Watson's journey takes them to Switzerland where they stay at Meiringen.
From there they fatefully decide to take a walk which will include a visit to Reichenbach Falls , a local natural wonder.
Once there, a boy appears and hands Watson a note, saying that there is a sick Englishwoman back at the hotel who wants an English doctor. Holmes realises at once it is a hoax although he does not say so.
Watson goes to see about the patient, leaving Holmes by himself. Upon returning to the Englischer Hof , Watson finds that the innkeeper has no knowledge of any sick Englishwoman. Realising at last that he has been deceived, he rushes back to Reichenbach Falls but finds no one there, although he does see two sets of footprints going out onto the muddy dead end path with none returning.
There is also a note from Holmes, explaining that he knew the report Watson was given to be a hoax and that he is about to fight Moriarty, who has graciously given him enough time to pen this last letter. Watson sees that towards the end of the path there are signs that a violent struggle has taken place and there are no returning footprints.
It is all too clear Holmes and Moriarty have both fallen to their deaths down the gorge while locked in mortal combat. Saddened, Dr. Watson returns to England. The Moriarty gang are all convicted on the strength of evidence secured by Holmes. Watson ends his narrative by saying that Sherlock Holmes was the best and the wisest man he had ever known.
Conan Doyle meant to stop writing about his famous detective after this short story; he felt the Sherlock Holmes stories were distracting him from more serious literary efforts and that "killing" Holmes off was the only way of getting his career back on track.
Conan Doyle sought to sweeten the pill by letting Holmes go in a blaze of glory, having rid the world of a criminal so powerful and dangerous that any further task would be trivial in comparison; indeed, Holmes says as much in the story.
But this device failed in its purpose and pressure from fans eventually persuaded Doyle to bring Holmes back, writing The Hound of the Baskervilles set before "The Final Problem" and reviving him in " The Adventure of the Empty House ".
There were enough holes in eyewitness accounts to allow Conan Doyle to plausibly resurrect Holmes; only the few free surviving members of Moriarty's organisation and Holmes' brother Mycroft who appears briefly in this story know that Sherlock Holmes is still alive, having won the struggle at Reichenbach Falls and sent Moriarty to his doom—though nearly meeting his own at the hands of Moriarty's henchmen.
Most noticeable of these elements is the methods of killing Moriarty off; in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes , Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon and The Woman in Green Moriarty is seen in all three films falling a great height to his death.
The Woman in Green contains a variation on the conversation between Holmes and Moriarty in Baker Street, as well as the idea of Moriarty manipulating Watson out of the way by hoaxing an injured Englishwoman who requires his treating.
Watson, and Orson Welles as Professor Moriarty. In the television series Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett , the story begins with the theft of the Mona Lisa , masterminded by Moriarty in order to sell prepared fakes to collectors.
Holmes recovers the original painting just before Moriarty makes a sale to a "Mr. Holmes's interference with his plans convinces Moriarty that the detective must be eliminated, and Holmes is subsequently presumed to have died in a tumble down Reichenbach Falls.
This was the last episode to star David Burke as Dr. Burke was replaced by Edward Hardwicke until the end of the show's run, starting with the adaptation of "The Empty House" which acted as the first episode of The Return of Sherlock Holmes. The first episode of the animated television series Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century begins with the climax of "The Final Problem".
The film adaptation references these events, but does not show them; the novelisation copies the event almost verbatim as it appears in the graphic novel.
The film Sherlock Holmes: However, in the film, the characters are attending a European Peace Conference held near the falls which Moriarty seeks to sabotage, and the two plunge down from a balcony overlooking the falls rather than from the ledge of the original story. What makes a character "respectable"? Natural talent or social status?
Would Moriarty have been viewed differently in today's society? Are you surprised Holmes places so much weight on his "good birth"? The air of London is the sweeter for my presence. In over a thousand cases I am not aware that I have ever used my powers upon the wrong side. Of late I have been tempted to look into the problems furnished by nature rather than those more superficial ones for which our artificial state of society is responsible.
Holmes authenticates the good his work does, but questions whether the science he has developed realizes its full potential when applied toward the resolution of human dilemmas. There is a kind of counter-intuitive heroism in Holmes. He does little himself. He only plans. But his agents are numerous and splendidly organized" This quote provides characterization of Professor Moriarty.
The spider simile creates a fearful portrayal of Moriarty, emphasizing the gravity and extent of his abilities. He is also a threat because he is smart and has numerous agents at his disposal. However he is not actively involved in most of his schemes, so he is difficult to catch. This sets him up as a worthy opponent of Holmes. Back to Top Function of Narrator Immediately the reader learns that this is an "obligatory narrative"-Watson feels it is his duty to record the story.
I alone know the absolute truth of the matter, and I am satisfied that the time has come when no good purpose is to be served by its suppression" In this story, Holmes makes it clear that he knows Watson writes about their adventures. This coincides with Watson's earlier foreshadowing that this will be the last story. If the reader wonders whether or not Watson hides his writings from Holmes, this answers the question.