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raykee | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 5, 2010 at 1:03 AM via web

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What is the speckled band? What role does it play in the story? In what way is sherlock responsible for the murder in the story?

 

the speckled band by conan doylr

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 5, 2010 at 1:10 AM (Answer #1)

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As it turns out, the speckled band is a snake.  But we do not find that out until the very end of the story.  For much of the story, people suppose that it is something to do with Gypsies who live around the place of the murder.

The speckled band plays a major role in the story.  Much of the mystery centers around what in the world the speckled band could be.  Then when we find out what it is and we know that they speckled band was what killed Julia.

The snake kills Roylott.  You can say it is Sherlock's responsibility because he hits at it with his stick and drives it back into the other room where it bits and kills Roylott.

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