Literary Elements In Roald Dahl's Lamb To The Slaughter

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For many years authors have been writing short stories to tell people the truth about the world around them. Stories like these can help us understand things that we aren’t familiar with. The stories “Lamb to the Slaughter”, and “ The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” help us understand two totally different people, and how they think. Both authors use literary elements to impact the readers , but Roald Dahl in “ Lamb to The Slaughter” uses them efficiently and effectively. Roald Dahl’s use of literary and DIDLS elements in “Lamb to The Slaughter” impact the story and how the readers interpret the writing. Dahl uses the leg of Lamb to symbolize the unexpectedness of Mary’s actions in the story. When Mary’s husband told her some heartbreaking news, she is in shock, and does not know what to say or what to do. “... Mary Maloney simply walked up behind him and without any pause she swung the big frozen leg of lamb high in the air and brought it down as hard as she could on the back of his head”( Dahl 4). Lambs are known for innocence, and vulnerability. It represents Mary and how she portrays herself at the beginning of the story, and how unexpected her actions were. She seemed to be a loving wife, that had just lost a husband but only she knew what she had done. In “Lamb to The Slaughter” Roald Dahl uses detail to create suspense. He tells us certain things in the story but leaves out others. Mary Maloney always made sure to take care of her husband, always cooking him dinner,
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