Themes in The Adventure of the Speckled Band
The Exotic: Dr. Roylott’s past in India is an important thread throughout the story. The exotic realm of India is often associated with a kind of wickedness. Not only are the creatures Dr. Roylott imports from India dangerous, the region is considered partially responsible for his violent temperament. As Helen remarks, Dr. Roylott’s “violence of temper approaching to mania has been... intensified by his long residence in the tropics.”
Greed: Dr. Roylott’s basic motive is greed. The central tension in his psychological world is between his responsibilities to his family and his own greed. His late wife left behind an annual allowance to be partially allotted to each daughter upon her marriage. Dr. Roylott’s greed eclipses his role as stepfather, spurring his malevolent actions.
Themes Examples in The Adventure of the Speckled Band:
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"The idea of a snake instantly occurred to me, and when I coupled it with my knowledge that the doctor was furnished with a supply of creatures from India, I felt that I was probably on the right track. The idea of using a form of poison which could not possibly be discovered by any chemical test was just such a one as would occur to a clever and ruthless man who had had an Eastern training...." See in text (The Adventure of the Speckled Band)
"Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another..." See in text (The Adventure of the Speckled Band)