Foreshadowing In Roald Dahl's Lamb To The Slaughter

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Foreshadowing in a story is very hard to include without making the next event too obvious. In the story “Lamb to the Slaughter” Roald Dahl uses elements of suspense to engage the readers to keep reading to see what happens next( THESIS). The author frequently uses dramatic irony, plot twist and foreshadowing to create a story that is both creepy and mysterious. Including irony/ dramatic irony is one way Roald Dahl created the element of suspense in his story. Dramatic irony relies on having the reader gaining or having missing information. An example from the story is the fact that the readers knows that Mary is the killer in this story. The fact that the readers know that Mary is the killer of her husband really gives you this feeling of suspense on what can happen next. Dramatic irony is also that the readers know an object or a weapon of some sort is used by one character that the other characters don't know about. The weapon Mary is the killer of her husband Patrick with is a fairly large lamb chop. Mary wanted to smack her husband as soon as he leaves the house, but in fact killed him. She went to make dinner anyways. This would be considered dramatic irony because the readers know the weapon but the police don't know. “The violence of the crash, the noise, the small table overturning, helped bring her out of he shock. She came out slowly, feeling cold and surprised, and she stood for a while blinking at the body, still holding the ridiculous piece of meat tight
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