Comparing Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band Essay

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Comparing Lamb to the Slaughter and The Speckled Band

This essay is a comparison of two short stories 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'The Speckled Band' by highlighting the techniques that make it classic or not a classic crime novel. A typical murder mystery consists of a very intellectual person who pieces together parts of a jigsaw to unravel the murder mystery.

'The Speckled Band' is a typical crime novel because it has a very intellectual Investigator Sherlock Holmes who is the only person who is capable of solving the mystery of who killed Julia Stoner. The house in which Sherlock is investigating is old and large which is also a typical setting for a murder novel. In the end Sherlock Holmes
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In 'Lamb to the Slaughter' the reader's view of the characters changes, the victim goes from being a grumpy seemingly violent husband to the victim who did not deserve to die. His wife goes from the victim of a violent and grumpy husband to the murderer. After the murder she seems pathetic but is revealed later as a cunning murderer with mass intuition. The inspectors start professional and sympathetic and later appear un-professional when they drink on duty and eat the murder weapon. In 'The Speckled Band' the characters stay the same, Dr. Roylett evil, Holmes amazingly intuitive, Watson bedazzled by Holmes' brilliance and Helen Stoner frightened.

Dahl's story is also different from a typical crime novel because the readers know who the killer is from the start instead they watch the inspectors be out smarted by a detective's wife. In 'The Speckled Band' the readers do not find out until Holmes reveals the mystery at the end.

In a traditional crime novel, it is based upon the person solving the crime and shows their trials and tribulations to solving the mystery. 'The Speckled Band' does this, it is focused on Sherlock Holmes and how he solves the murder. 'Lamb to the Slaughter' is
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