Sherlock Holmes is the most famous detective of all time. Since it was started in 1892 by the young Scottish doctor Arthur Conan Doyle, there has been hardly a decade in which a play, television series, film or book is about Sherlock Holmes was not produced

A new version of Sherlock Holmes appeared on UK screens in 2010. This contemporary “Sherlock” starring Benedict Cumberbatch inspired a whole new level of fandom and increased sales of the original books by 53%. People were especially fond of Cumberbatch’s flirty sex appeal on the heels of 2012 was the American version “Elementary”

In both adaptations, Sherlock’s brilliance and dissipative skills are unsurpassed.While I really enjoyed these shows, I was amazed at Sherlock’s rudeness, despair, his belittling of others, his desire to dominate, and his latent violence.I saw Sherlock as a poisonous man since reading the books didn’t know, I wondered where it was coming from and started reading it

In one of the early stories, A Scandal in Bohemia, Doyle describes Holmes’ view of women:

All feelings […] loathed his cold, precise, but admirably balanced mind. I suppose he was the most perfect thinking and observing machine the world has ever seen

This is one of the few descriptions of the character’s personality, suggesting that masculine brilliance depends on being completely emotionless.This is in line with the Victorian ideal of “muscular Christianity,” the notion that a healthy, muscular male body needs to be a sane mind, and “masculinity” that goes beyond social class and gender

Although the concept of toxic masculinity sounds timely, it actually has very firm roots in the past. Masculinity researchers have defined toxic masculinity as a performance of “traditional” male gender roles that shows a tendency to dominate others, a predisposition to violence Being and being emotionally cold and aloof can also be expressed through competitive behavior or a desire to be the only source of information – someone who believes they are right about all things men like Donald Trump, for example

Holmes is obviously not related to Trump.First of all, Holmes is a genius, and he barely displays the same level of toxic behavior as Trump.But there are elements This is not surprising as some of these traits are in the original text: Conan Doyle wrote Sherlock Holmes at a time when traditional male values ​​were openly revered

However, when asked to write a book chapter on toxic masculinity in popular culture, I immediately thought of “Sherlock” and “Elementary” as useful examples I felt that this was an area that was in academic research had not yet been explored, but I felt it palpably on the screen

Conan Doyle himself calls Holmes a machine, and some scholars have suggested that his lack of emotion is both alien and mechanistic. However, since the most recent TV adaptations are contemporary depictions of Sherlock Holmes, the original ” mechanistic “man of books necessarily updated

Probably his poor social skills, his ridicule and his mockery of others are played for laughs: After all, he has to be sympathetic. In the BBC version he also describes himself as a sociopath and Watson apologizes for his “Borderline Aspergers” – this leaves him as I have already pointed out, appearing more human

Such comments and the diagnosis of armchairs are controversial, however, not least because true sociopaths would never refer to themselves as such.All this made me ponder the kind of man Sherlock could be if he were of his brilliance in discovering is separate So I began to analyze elements of Sherlock’s behavior that could be viewed as toxic: especially cold, lack of emotion, disconnection from people, jibes and ridicule

These are some of the classic signs of toxicity, and both contemporary TV adaptations of Sherlock Holmes are full of them, with “Sherlock” being more common than “Elementary” For example, the BBC Sherlock often tells people around him to shut up so he can focus or because he finds it annoying

He takes every opportunity to ridicule the police and often insists on being the only source of information. He’s always upset at other people’s lack of brilliance: “Dear God, how is it in your little brains? It has to be to be boring!” While superiority may be a common trait in brilliant people, it is poisonous that Sherlock portrays himself as utterly unique, creative, and the answer to all problems while knocking everyone else down

“Elementary” presents a quietly different, if no less venomous Sherlock. Here he is a pedantic Englishman who corrects everyone’s grammar, overrides other detectives and belittles women and men. This is a more confident Sherlock than Cumberbatch But he remains dominant and bossy: “I’m smarter than anyone I meet Watson I know how bad it is to say it, but in my case it’s a fact””

Toxic masculinity is a controversial issue, and some consider it traits that add to the dominance and brilliance of some men. Sherlock Holmes is arguably considered the most brilliant detective of all time

In this context, I found it disappointing that the toxic elements of Sherlock’s character were not further questioned on the TV shows, even though, unlike many toxic men, he is not really violent and the characters around him are on him Draw attention to behavior, especially to Watson, his intelligence is still understood through his toxic masculinity – especially in “Sherlock” where it is portrayed as sexy I find this problematic, especially in the context of today’s society where we often see toxicity, which is shown by men in power

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