Why Is Sherlock Holmes Guilty In The Adventure Of The Speckled Band

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Sherlock Holmes was not guilty for the unfortunate death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott. In the novella, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the brilliant and cunning detective Sherlock Holmes solves a seeming impossible mystery at Stoke Moran. A petrified Helen Stoner came to Holmes and Dr. Watson with a challenging case. Upon further investigation, the two sleuths decided to stay the night in Helen’s chamber awaiting any signs of distress. After hours of anxiously waiting, a low whistle pierced the silence of night. Sherlock Holmes screamed; moreover, he hit any a dark object in the room. They quickly made their way back to Dr. Grimesby Roylott’s room. Upon entry, Dr. Roylott was dead in a chair. Wrapped around him was a deadly and venomous swamp adder. Holmes had angered the snake while in Helen’s room; furthermore, when is arrived back in Dr. Roylott’s room, it had bitten the first person that …show more content…
Watson, and Ms. Stoner from the deadly snake; though, he could have refrained from hitting the snake. Holmes heard the threatening hiss from the snake; moreover, he saw its dark figure in the dim light in the room. As a result, he hit at it with his cane to scare it off. Holmes’ goal was to have the snake retreat; thus, ensuring that none of the people present in the room would be bitten causing a painful and agonizing death. The snake retreated back to Dr. Roylott’s chamber saving their lives. Their actions were considered self-defense as they were defending themselves. They saw a creature in the night. Holmes’ intent was not to agitate the snake; though, rather have it go away. Knowing that the animal was responsible for the untimely death of Julia Stoner, they had to have it go away for their safety. Unaware that the tempered snake would turn on Dr. Roylott, they were only thinking about themselves. In the end, Dr. Grimesby Roylott knew the consequences of owning an extremely dangerous

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