Insanity In Roald Dahl's Lamb To The Slaughter

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Sitting in a courtroom and hearing the judge and lawyers and defendants behind the jury stand makes a person wonder, How could someone kill their husband? Are they completely guilty or are they mentally unstable and should plead innocent due to insanity? Considering the crime reports and hearing the suspects accounts of questioning would have to be further determined as to whether someone is guilty or innocent due to insanity.The short story “Lamb to the Slaughter” By Roald Dahl, is based on a character named Mary Maloney who is married to Patrick Maloney. Her husband informs her of shocking news and Mary kills Patrick with a frozen leg of lamb. Once Patrick is dead she begins staging an implicable alibi in order to whitewash the murder. Mary's alibi consisted of going to the grocery store like it was a normal night with Patrick and she bought a few groceries and on her way home she began thinking about calling the police and put on an obscene show of crying. Once the police arrived she told them this story about how her husband had been tired that night and since it was Thursday they were supposed to go out to eat but they decided to stay home. She then proceeded to tell the police about the grocery store and how when she got home she saw her husband lying in the floor dead. Mary Maloney is innocent due to insanity, her possessive behavior with her husband, tranquil behavior post murder, and a deceiving manipulation to the police all add up to Mary Maloney showing an insane

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