The Mind of Sherlock Holmes: The Man Society Doesn’t See

By: Hunter H.

The famous BBC television show Sherlock, created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, became a great success in the UK and then throughout other countries. Airing from 2010-2017, the show would win 21 awards, including seven Emmy awards. The show brought the books of the Sherlock Holmes series, by Arthur Conan Doyle, into the marvelous modern life, adding more drama and twist. Benedict Cumberbatch, would win multiple awards for playing the role of Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman, another famously talented actor, would play Dr. Watson. The Sherlock Holmes fan-base would increase, more Sherlock books would be sold than ever before and the show would receive highly rated reviews. But as the popularity of this British television show would increase, no one would look into the true personality characteristics of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes would break all the stereotypes of the “ideal man.” and even though society would like it or not, he would become the most well-known fictional character since 1887.

The show would dispose the stereotypes of the lead male role, becoming the hero who always gets the girl at the end, but Sherlock holmes is portrayed in the opposite way. Sherlock was given the personality of a sociopath, a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience. Sherlock is not given the ideal standards of how a stereotypical man in production films and tv.

The first thing to notice in the show about Sherlock Holmes, is his lack of wanting romantic or sexual connections with anyone. Sherlock Holmes would always pay attention to his work and to his partner, Dr. Watson, which gives some evidence to him being asexual/aromantic. But the major evidence to this subject is in the episode, “A Scandal in Belgravia”, which introduces the very flirtatious dominatrix character, Irene Adler. Irene Adler would have a fond over Sherlocks Holmes, trying anyway to flirt with him, but there would be no romantic interest of response from Sherlock Holmes. Another character who has flirted with Sherlock Holmes since the beginning of the show would be Molly Hooper, a co-worker of Sherlock Holmes who worked in the morgue of a hospital. Molly Hooper would show signs of bashful flirting to get Sherlock’s attention, but Sherlock would never really pay any mind to Molly’s acts. 

Sherlock Holmes style of behavior would be seen as alienated or freakish to the eye of society. Sherlock would never have a “normal” conversation, always saying what’s on his mind, which would most likely be brutally honest to the people he is speaking to. Sherlock would have some traits of narcissism, but would never take the credit while working with Watson.  The bond between Holmes and Watson is very close, but society believes its too close. In most of the episodes of season 1, there would be jokes of Holmes and Watson being in a homosexual relationship. The stereotype of a close bond between two people only has to be a relationship and not relationship does not help reality of society because it makes people assume that a close friendship is right away a relationship just because they were laughing together during a conversation or more intimately they would hug. This is a problem in the media today, having people be naive enough to believe that there is a relationship between two people just because they hugged. . .

Sherlock Holmes is one of the many show/book series that presented a male that is known for being socially awkward. Other show/movie characters are Scott Pilgrim from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World or Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. 

The Old Blog is Dead! Long Live the Old Blog!

For many years, we used the Blogger platform for the American Studies blog. Since it is owned by Google, it integrates pretty seamlessly with your Google accounts — which made it easy to use, in some respects — but it is a very limited and bug-ridden platform. So this year, we have decided to construct a new class blog from scratch using the most more powerful and stable WordPress platform.

If you are interested, though, in seeing what past American Studies students have been thinking and writing about, feel free to wander over to the old blog.