A Study in Scarlet Themes & Motifs

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Justice

The narrative ultimately reveals the failure of the formal court system in securing justice. Even though the text vindicates Jefferson—who had secured justice by avenging the murders of two innocent people—the formal, bureaucratic court system requires his arrest. As the inspector at the police station declares, “The forms of the law must be complied with. On Thursday the prisoner will be brought before the magistrates” (87). Then, “Jefferson Hope was led off by a couple of warders” (87). The phrase “the forms of the law” underscores that the law has certain requirements (87). However, the cases are not one-size-fits-all. If certain forms or requirements are applied to all cases, then that may lead for injustice. For example, Jefferson was not an ordinary criminal. Many would say that he provided justice. However, he still had to be taken away into custody due to “the forms of the law...

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