In my essay I will describe the two characters from the following short stories Annie in “Fanny and Annie” and Irene Adler in “A Scandal in Bohemia”. And I will also try to compare them and state a summary of my conclusions.
“To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex” p 16.
Irene is as mentioned in my quotation the woman for Sherlock Holmes and she is very beautiful and intelligent. As I understand this means that she has a big effect on people, not only because of her look and appearance but she is also very cleaver, she manages to fool Holmes and she isn’t that kind of woman who easily gets fooled. She also used to sing at concerts and she seldom leaves her home except for specific hours, she always leaves at 5 and returns 7 sharp for dinner. She is a woman of discipline, self-esteem and she’s also very proud of herself.
“She is the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet. So say the Serpentine Mews, to a man”. p 24.
The story doesn’t reveal much about Annie apart from that she was the younger of the two daughters and she has a reputation of going home with different men from the pub. “She was all right when I knew her. Ay – she’s all right. But she’s always in an’ out o ‘ th’ pubs, wi’ th’ fellows,’ said Harry”.
Annie’s mother was Mrs. Nixon and I got the feeling that she was a mean and evil woman.
“She knew the woman: a Mrs Nixon, a devil of a woman, who beat her pathetic, drunken, red-nosed second husband, Bob, and her two lanky daughters…” p 162.
It’s clear that Annie had a severe childhood and her self-esteem is not as good as it could be and her behaviour has led problems like her getting pregnant and she doesn’t know whom the father is.
The two character are very different in many ways, Annie comes from a family where her mother beat her and her father was a drunk...