Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl Essay

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Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl Roald Dahl has published several novels and nearly 50 short stories all of which, without exemption, are fascinating, intriguing and bizarre to say the least. One of Dahl's more famous stories is "Lamb to the Slaughter". This is a twisted, gripping tale of Mary Maloney, who murders her own husband by hitting him with a frozen leg of lamb and then hiding her crime and disposing of the evidence by feeding the lamb to the policemen who come to investigate the murder. This clever story is crafted down to the smallest detail - every word and expression implies something, often has a second meaning and so manipulates the reader's opinion. The factor that makes this story even more …show more content…

The next several paragraphs prove just how much Mary loved her husband and explain why "She loved to luxuriate in the presence of this man". However, the more reasons Mary gives for loving her husband and the more attempts she makes to please him it becomes clearer and clearer that something is wrong - Patrick is avoiding conversation and is becoming increasingly more irritated with Mary for her attempts to please to him. When Mr. Malloney cannot bear another moment of the fuss that has been created around him by his wife, he loses his nerve and tells at Mary to "just for a minute, sit down". Patrick tells his wife, which by the evidence in the text I assume is, that he is leaving her. The sentence that led me to the conclusion that Mr Malloney is leaving his wife is "She sat very still through it all, watching him with a kind of dazed horror as he went further and further away from her with each word". Another quote I feel necessary to mention to prove my conclusion of what Patrick said to his wife is "and I know that it's kind of a bad time to be telling you, but there simply wasn't any other way. Of course I'll give you money and see you are looked after" - it is now obvious that Patrick is leaving his wife because

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