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The legendary character of Sherlock Holmes created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has undisputedly transpired through 19th century Britain to today’s London as an exceptionally skilled and eccentric mystery buster. Why is Sherlock Holmes a genius is a debatable question to which we will try to find a solution. Apparently the detective has extraordinary powers coupled with natural instinct and surplus of pedagogic or exhortative capabilities to serve the purpose. The theory of deduction or elimination hypothesis continues to be the best logical explanation he offered for his quirky methods.

Feeding his brain-

The works of Doyle or the movie series based on Holmes clearly depicts his interest in reading lots of books and papers. He remained immersed in sheaf of texts until something intriguing came his way. His companion, Dr. Watson acknowledges the fact that this reading habit was behind his impeccable knowledge. Though he never completed his formal education, his cerebral talent trained him for performing researches not even professionals can contemplate of. He effortlessly solved crimes using his theory of deduction that involved ruling out unfeasible possibilities. Of course it can happen only when your mind has sufficient competence to ignore the impossible and reach probable options. Such was the intellect of the character that even tiniest details could not escape his bare eyes. This assessment power and brains to see the unseen made him a true genius.

At peace with chaos-

Sherlock Holmes series and books can vouch for the fact that the detective was not exactly a fan of hygiene. His apartment remained disorganised with filthy and ghastly objects strewn all over the place. He did not mind drinking off a cup of tea in which an eyeball has randomly fallen in from a nearby mantle. However, this clutter must not let us digress from concluding him as a man of outstanding ability. There was so much going on in his mind at a given time that he turned his workplace in to a crazy mess while his thoughts chased the obscured reality. This chaos echoed in his mind till everything started aligning in an apposite order and bestow this distinguished genius his route to success. His muddled desk is the most appropriate description of a great mind at work. His brain was indulged in eliminating the impractical occurrences only to conclude the likely incidence no matter how far removed it may be from the obvious.

Skill to Focus-

Despite of ridiculing his chaotic working style, we never imagine regarding him as a clumsy man. His flawless precision to analyse the perceptible facts with immense concentration allowed him to judge things in isolation and then find a correlation between them. His capability of zooming in and out while deducing the probabilities is the result of his power to focus on unsaid things. Sherlock’s surreal power to focus and deduce often startled Dr. Watson as he tried his best to match up with Sherlock’s style of work.  His talent to observe things with plausible intelligence projects this otherwise convincing character into an unrealistic one. There is no better way to describe his techniques of criminal investigation as the effect of meticulous assessment of the crime scene. The evidence that meets the eye may indicate a certain theory but shifting his focus a little let him visualise crimes in an utterly different light.

His skill never permitted him to confuse weirdness with ambiguity. He believed that a crime becomes extraordinary if there is a lack of deductions to draw from it and thus a strange crime is difficult but not impossible to solve.

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