Deception In Roald Dahl's Lamb To The Slaughter

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In Roald Dahl’s, “Lamb to the Slaughter,” Dahl resembles the theme of the story to show the couples’ deception. Dahl shows it by having the husbands desire to leave in an unsystematic way. It shows dishonor and betrayal to the wife since she was 6 months pregnant and the only thing keeping her happy was having a husband “to take care of.” Mary was the housewife, and Patrick was the husband. Mary was always prepared with meals and comfort once Patrick got home from work. They both had to do very little just to keep a smile on both of their faces, at least a fake smile. Patrick displayed ignorance once he came home one evening, then mentioning how he wants to leave her. As you could imagine the amount of shock Mary had in her, lead her to the decision she made by the end of the story. Mary was very happy in life, she had a husband who she loved, a baby on the way, she thought to herself what could possibly go wrong? Little does she know, when her husband walks in the door, he’s going to demand a divorce. When Patricks comes home, he gets his normal greeting and his wife's condolence. Except, he was giving off a negative energy which Mary did notice. He seemed very stressed, tired, and Mary was trying to help him and do everything possible to make him happy as she watches him pound his whiskey in one sip. As hard as it was for Patrick to tell Mary the aching news, “this is going to be a bit of a shock to you, i’m afraid” he just had to spill it out. “And he
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