Speckled Band Themes

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In life, we must understand that the truth with always come out despite the time of the matter. In “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” by Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson look into the murder of Julia Stoner, whose stepfather is Dr. Grimesby Roylott of Stoke Moran. The Roylott’s were once a very wealthy family, but after gambling with money, all the family’s treasures were lost. Grimesby killed his butler, but soon after married Mrs. Stoner, who had two daughters of the name Helen and Julia. Mrs. Stoner soon died, leaving Dr. Roylott in custody of the two girls. Julia’s life comes to an end, but two years later, Helen hopes to uncover the truth. The author goes into deep description about these events. In “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”, Arthur Conan Doyle uses imagery/description to introduce the characters, stir empathy, and show the resolution. Imagery/description is used at the beginning of the story to introduce the characters. The author writes, “For answer Holmes pushed back the frill of black lace which fringed the hand that lay upon our visitors knee. Five little livid marks, the marks of four fingers and a thumb, were printed up the white wrist.” Here, the author uses imagery to describe what has happened to Helen Stoner’s wrist, which was put there by her father. Not…show more content…
The author, Arthur Conan Doyle, uses deep description in everything he writes in the story of “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”. We now, as the readers, are left to wonder if these pictures that have been painted will stay with us, or if they will leave us similar to how Julia left Helen and soon after Dr. Roylott did too. By the end of the story, we are able to understand how much power and how much effect the use of imagery/description truly has on the
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