Sherlock Holmes: Honor And Honor

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The word honor parallels words like loyal and respect. War heroes and judges are associated with being honorable. A man who considers himself to be extremely antisocial and lacking a conscience does not mirror these traits. However, Sherlock Holmes’ ability to solve the most baffling crimes brings justice to many who would otherwise get away with their crimes. Just as war heroes sometimes give their lives for a greater cause like keeping their countrymen safe, Sherlock sacrifices himself to save others. Trust, fighting for justice, and self-sacrifice are all characteristics associated with honor, too. Sherlock Holmes is an honorable man in Sherlock, despite what most of the other characters think and say about him. Even though John’s therapist…show more content…
In the Sherlock episode “A Study in Pink” the first time John joins Sherlock on a case Detective Lestrade’s partner, Sally Donovan warns him to stay away from Sherlock. She has a theory that one day Sherlock will start committing crimes because, “One day just showing up [to a crime scene] won’t be enough. One day we’ll be standing around a body and Sherlock Holmes will be the one who put it there.” She believes he is a psychopath and lacks trust in him, yet John choses to continue to spend time with him anyway. Not long after this conversation, a strange call and a private car usher John to meet Sherlock’s “archenemy” who is Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s older, very powerful brother. He asks John to spy on Sherlock and share information in exchange for a large sum of money but John refuses, even though he has only known Sherlock for 2 days. To further prove that John stands up for Sherlock,…show more content…
In the episode, “The Great Game” Sherlock is put under demanding time-constraints to solve cases by Moriarty. If Sherlock does not solve them in time, then an innocent person is blown up. Every challenge, from finding the how a swimmer with a fancy pair of shoes dies to the uncovering of a museum curator’s fraudulent painting scheme, is completed on time. Unfortunately while on the phone with Sherlock, an elderly victim strapped to explosives begins to describe her captor and is blown up. Although the woman dies and Sherlock follows with, “Well obviously I lost that round. Although technically I did solve the case,” his lives saved to lives lost ratio is very good. In the episode, “The Hounds of Baskerville” a man unknowingly is poisoned with a hallucinogenic and travels to London begging Sherlock to investigate the government’s Baskerville testing site. Towards the end of the episode the man is so pained by the confusion and hysteria from the poison that he points a gun at himself and prepares to commit suicide. Sherlock begins to convince the man of what has really been happening to him for twenty years and explains the logic behind his tortured existence. His quick thinking and calm demeanor saves the man’s life. In the book, “Sherlock Holmes for the 21st Century,” Thomas Carlyle, an essayist, is quoted talking about heroes and how they are viewed throughout
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