Is Sherlock Holmes an Upholder of Justice or Does He Enjoy the Challenge of Solving a Crime - The Six Napoleons

Is Sherlock Holmes an Upholder of Justice or Does He Enjoy the Challenge of Solving a Crime - The Six Napoleons

The story is about the six Napoleons, but the Napoleons are not the famous person we know. The story begins with a report about a bust that has been broken. Sherlock Holmes started investigating this case. Sherlock Holmes found a lot of information to solve the case from the four Napoleons that were broken, the criminal suspect was arrested when he tried to break the fifth bust. At the end of the story, Sherlock Holmes found out there was a important secret hiding in the bust of Napoleon. There was an expensive pearl in the bust.
In the story, Holmes prefers enjoying the challenge of solving a crime to being a upholder of justice. Judging from the characters that Holmes has. Holmes is a more careful detective than others when they are solving a case. In the story, we can see that Holmes enjoys the feeling of showing the truth to everyone. At the end of the story. We also can realize his attitude after he solved a case successfully, he really doesn't care about the honours he receives after he solves a case.
Holmes can be seen as a careful detective in the story. He often pays attention to every detail in the crime scene. When he started trying to understand why the first four busts were broken, he always picked up the broken pieces and examined them carefully. "Holmes picked up several of the broken pieces and examined them carefully" (7) And he also found out that the suspect broke the bust under the light. "Holmes pointed to the street lamp above our head, Holmes said 'he could see what he was doing here, and he could not there,That was his reason." (8) From this information, Holmes realized that the suspect must be looking for something and came out an idea how to arrest the suspect. "No doubt, and yet it is not quite the way in which I should approach the case." (8) Holmes has his own idea to get other information. What's more, Holmes took notes of everyone's evidence and analysed the connection of evidence, so he can find out where other statues are, and arranged an arrest to catch the suspect. In the story, Holmes took important notes when he was talking with Mr Harding. This actions show what a careful detective Holmes is, that is the talent he has.
Holmes not only payid attention to every detail, but also always kept his mind activea. He would think a lot when he solved a case, and carefully analysed what other people said when talking. "Holmes once or twice chucked at the article" (11) After they found a new-bill, Holmes must have some new ideas so that he smiled at that time.
From the story, we can realize that Holmes seldom share his ideas unless he confirms they are right. "I can't stay for certain because it all depends—well, it depends upon a factor which is completely outside our control" (14) Also at the end of the story, Holmes didn't tell us what is the secret hiding in the bust until he bought the bust. Sherlock Holmes's ability of thinking alone help him find out the connection of different situation.
Sherlock Holmes didn't care about the honour after he solve a case. He just enjoys the moment he presents the truth to everyone. "And goodbye, Lestrade. If any little problem comes your way, I shall be happy, if I can, to give you a hint or two as to its solution" (22) this sentence shows us that Holmes don't care about whether there will be award after the case or not. He just wanted to give a hand to solve the case and enjoy the challenge of solving a crime. Not only in this chapter we can see his character but also in other chapters.
Sherlock Holmes is a explorer in solving criminal cases. He would like to solve the difficult case he has never met. In the story, he has the confidence in solving many cases because he is a careful detective. He has a satisfaction after he shows other people what happen in the case, but never requires any rewards after he solve the case even thought he has spent money during the case. Fame and wealth is not so important in his life, so he enjoys the challenge of solving crimes.

Doyle, Arthur Conan. “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons,” in Holmes Stories. Ed. Wang Ruoping. Aviation Industries Publishing. (Beijing, 2006)