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Analysis Of Mary Maloney In Lamb To The Slaughter

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Is it possible for a loving wife that is six months pregnant to love her husband with all her heart, but then moments later is found to be the wife that murders her husband? Well, Mary Maloney, a caring, loving women is the wife of detective Patrick, an alcoholic man that comes home from work only to see his wife that he no longer loves. One day, when Patrick is not sober, he attempts to deliver some upsetting news to Mary about a divorce. Sadly, she does not believe it and carries on with her life, but after having to believe it, Mary takes revenge on Patrick by taking his life from him. Mary Maloney is extremely intelligent and is a very deceiving female character in the short story called, Lamb To The Slaughter. Throughout this story, her character traits do not just portray how she is an effective murderer, but a strong actress as well.

Firstly, by using her intelligence, she kills her husband without leaving a trace, showing that she is a sufficient murderer. For example, Mary kills her husband when she, “...[swings] the big frozen leg of lamb high in the air and {brings} it down as hard as she could on the back of his head” (Dahl 4). Obviously, knowing that the police is going to appear and search for the murder weapon, Mary kills her husband with a frozen piece of lamb because she can cook it later. When Mary kills her husband with an edible item, she acknowledges that it can later serve as a delicious meal. By Mary choosing a murder weapon that can disappear by
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