Life Of Arthur Conan Doyle

Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a British physician who later devoted his life to writing,
has become one of the most popular and widespread authors and creators of all time. Doyle\'s early childhood years to his later years in life have allowed him to observe many
sophisticated yet adventurous paths, in which have inspired him greatly to become an
influence on spiritualistic views as an author and crusader. His interests and
achievements in medicine, politics, and spiritualism have allowed him to create the
iridescent master detective of fiction, Sherlock Holmes. His creation of Sherlock Holmes
in his mystery novels has brought him fame amongst many people, even so Sherlock
Holmes may be one of the most popular and recognized characters of English Literature. On May 22nd, 1859, Arthur Conan Doyle was born at Picardy Place, in
Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles, was an architect-clerk at the Government
Office of Works in Edinburgh where he married Mary Foley in1855. Arthur had three
sisters and one brother, with quite a large family occasionally times got hard as money
grew scarce, fortunately his father sold paintings on the side to earn extra money (Jaffe
3). When Arthur Doyle was seven years old he was sent to school and for two years
he was toughened by the schoolmaster and his punishments of lacerations (Pearson 2). The schoolmaster wasn\'t the only thing that toughened him, he was also used to getting in
quarrels with other children and became quite a fighter, especially if he saw a bully
picking on someone smaller and weaker (Pearson 3). Along with his rugged
characteristics, young Arthur loved to read. He found himself caught up in books of
action and adventure, his favorite one being Scalp Hunters by Mayne Reid which he read
numerous times. Arthur was also somewhat interested in poetry and he showed it by
learning Macaulay\'s Lay of Horatius by heart. At the age of nine, Arthur went to Hodder
the preparatory school for Stonyhurst College, which also was located in Edinburgh
(Jaffe 8). On a journey to Preston, in Lancashire, he started to feel lonely and
experienced homesickness. When he arrived at Preston, he joined a group of other kids
and was driven the remaining twelve miles with a Jesuit, a follower of Jesus in Roman
Catholicism. He stayed at Hodder for two years, where he was partially happy, then the
Franco-German War had arisen and gave him something to dream about during his
lessons. He would find himself daydreaming about fascinating adventures to escape his
regular days of studies which constantly bored him (Pearson 4). He then went on to Stonyhurst College, where he found himself suffering in
classes of Latin, Greek, and Algebra. Near the end of his life Arthur wrote "I can say
with truth that my Latin and Greek ... have been little use to me in life, and that my
mathematics have been no use at all."(Carr 10) Doyle may not have enjoyed Latin or
Algebra, on the other hand he seemed to pick up reading and writing skills automatically. The Jesuits who were guarding and keeping Doyle and the boys in order believed that
"dry knowledge could only be absorbed with dry food," so the nourishment they received
was quite unappetizing (Jaffe 16). The discipline they received was pretty brutal,
because if the demands for religion were unsatisfied, and if the young men\'s behavior was
not well, the Jesuits applied a more encouraging correction. Doyle remembers this
punishment quite well, through his own experience, he describes it as "the instrument of
correction, it was a piece of India-rubber of the shape and size of a thick boot sole....One
blow of this instrument, delivered with intent, would cause the palm of the hand to swell
up and change color." Arthur had wondered if any other boys had endured more of the
brutal punishment than he. Doyle wrote "I went out of my way to do really mischievous
and outrageous things simply to show that my spirit was unbroken." (Pearson 5) During
his stay at the college, Doyle wrote much verse that he thought was nothing but this
showed to everyone else that he had a literary gift. He was also encouraged to tell stories
to the other boys sitting in a circle, his favorite stories talking about murders and
mysteries, and he was able to captivate his audiences with his ability. Upon his last year,
he edited the College magazine, and amazed everyone by taking honors in the London
Matric before he left