Lamb To The Slaughter Essay

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Is Mary a good liar? Mary is careless, clever and a devoted housewife. Although, she killed her husband, she truly loved him and would have done anything to stay by his side. At first, the reader might think Mary is a clingy and loving wife, but as the story progresses, the readers learn things aren’t always as they seem. Throughout the story Dahl reveals examples that helps the reader understand more about Mary’s character.
Mary has three distinct personalities throughout the story. In the beginning of the short story, “Lamb to the Slaughter” she seems like a devoted wife to her husband, Patrick. For instance, “The room was warm and clean, the curtains drawn, the two table lamps alight-hers and the one by the empty chair opposite. On the
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The doc says his skull was smashed all to pieces just like from a sledgehammer. That 's why it ought to be easy to find… Whoever done it, they 're not going to be carrying a thing like that around with them longer than they need...Personally, I think it 's right here on the premises. Probably right under our very noses...And in the other room, Mary Maloney began to giggle.” This is careless of her for not owning up to what she did and instead laughing at it.
Mary has one motive for murdering her husband. The motive is that she couldn’t accept the fact that her husband was leaving her. He says, “ ‘This is going to be a bit of a shock to you, I 'm afraid,’ he said. ‘But I 've thought about it a good deal and I 've decided the only thing to do is tell you right away. I hope you won 't blame me too much...So there it is,’ he added. ‘And I know it 's kind of a bad time to be telling you, bet there simply wasn 't any other way. Of course I 'll give you money and see you 're looked after. But there needn 't really be any fuss. I hope not anyway. It wouldn 't be very good for my job.’ " Although he didn’t say the exact words the reader can infer this when he states “… i’ll give you money and see you 're looked after. But there needn 't really be any fuss. I hope not anyway. It wouldn 't be very good for my job…” Some readers might disagree with her for killing her husband because he was leaving her, but she was truly in love with him
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