Essay on The Red Headed League By John Clay

905 Words Nov 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
The story suggests Mr. John Clay’s brilliance to a certain extent. John clay’s aristocratic background has given him only half of a foundation to have the brilliance as a criminal. The rest of the reason for him being a mastermind criminal is through experience of committing crimes before. The story “The Red-Headed League” reveals one of many crimes that john clay has committed. Having an aristocratic background and committing crimes while learning from his experiences have contributed to his brilliance of being a criminal.
Being an aristocrat by having royal blood does not mean that one will become a criminal but it can have its advantages to contribute to one’s knowledge of being a criminal. “his grandfather was a royal duke, and he himself has been to Eton and Oxford. His brain is as cunning as his fingers and though we meet signs of him at every turn, we never know where to find the man himself” (49). Assuming that John Clay comes from a typical wealthy aristocratic family, he receives an education that only the wealthy can afford. When getting an education, a person thought process begins to expand and they also learn to read. The ability to read is an essential tool to being a criminal. Reading helps the criminal because he could go to the library and find books or public records to gain knowledge of the people and the town he plans to rob. In the story, it seems that John Clay has thought out his plan to rob a bank very thoroughly because he has accepted an offer from…

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