The Adventure Of The Speckled Band Essay

1362 Words Oct 17th, 2016 6 Pages
In “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”, Sherlock Holmes first suspects the gypsies. He does this because they were at the scene of the crime and during this time, gypsies were seen as strange, scary people. Gypsies were seen as different, and different was not viewed in a positive light. Different was strange and something to be cautioned. The gypsies are referred to as “vagabonds” (205) in the short story. They had no jobs or homes, and wandered around. They had no definitive place in that society; the gypsies stood out. This tells us that their position in that society was at the bottom, a minority. They could even be seen as lower than the low class in some ways. Even the low class had some way of trying to make a living. Gypsies however, went where ever they pleased. This made them an easy target to place the blame of crimes on. They were categorized and profiled, and because of that profile they were the first suspects to come to Holmes’ mind. This has a direct connection to current issues in society like racial profiling. Different is still seen the same light. People are treated the same way gypsies were in 1892. Today, minorities are the first suspect to go to after a crime is committed. There is so much injustice in the world because of things like racial profiling. This year, there has been an overwhelming number of incidents linked to racial profiling across the country. African-Americans, especially, are being racially profiled and treated unfairly. There have…

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